Editor, Will A. Vick

July 10, 1895

The Firey Flames

About one o'clock last Friday night fire was discovered in the one story frame building on Spring street, occupied by S.A. Nunley as a saloon. The alarm was sounded and in a few minutes a large crowd of our citizens had gathered, ready and willing to fight the progress of the flames. It was evident from the first that the entire range of houses down to Oak street was doomed to go up in smoke and the first work done was to remove whatever of the contents was possible. The fire spread rapidly, and in a very short while had reached the large tow-story frame block of R.H. Mason, on the corner, having consumed in its progress to this point the one-story frame houses occupied by S.A. Nunley as a saloon; J.W. Fancher as a grocery store; Murphy & Stiles, shoemakers, Geo. Julian, produce merchant; and unoccupied houses. One of the houses in the Mason block was unoccupied, while the other was used as a grain and feed store by R.H. Mason & Co. The office of the Warren World was in the second story of the Mason block and was a total loss, the proprietor, Mr. Ed Jones, saving only his desk and books.

A small one-story frame building belonging to Mr. D. Osborn and located on Oak street in the rear of the Mason block was also destroyed. It was unoccupied. The aggregated loss is total as there was not a dollar of insurance. It was a dangerous fire and it took hard work to prevent the spread of the flames to the handsome Mason block on Main street, which caught several times in the rear of the block.

The large livery stable and sheds of Stroud, Biles & Co. on the west were in imminent danger for some time, but the "bucket brigade" did valiant service and saved them. Had they burned, there is no certainty where the fire could have been stopped as the court house would have been certain of burning, thus endangering the entire western part of the city, while the business portion of East Main street was likewise in danger through the Mason block.

The fire originated in the building occupied by Mr. Nunley and the origin is a mystery. --- New Era

The Colored Institute
The Colored Teachers of DeKalb County to the Front

The DeKalb County Institute (colored) was held Tuesday and Wednesday, July 2nd, 3rd, 1895, at the Masonic Academy, Liberty, Tenn.

Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock order was called by the County Supt. Prof. W.J. Gothard and after devotional exercises Mr.R.H. Goodloe was elected Chairman and Miss Amanda Bullington, Secretary.

Program: Welcome address, Miss Amanda Bullington; Response, Mr. R.H. Goodloe; Arithmetic, Prof. Lankford; intermission; Geography, Prof. H.H. Buckingham; U. S. History, Mr. Thomas Officer; Mental Arithmetic, Prof. Killman; History of Tennessee, Mr. C.J. Johnson; Penmenship, Mr. R.H. Goodloe; song; Reading, Prof. H.H. Buckingham; Physiology, Mr. W.A. Moore; adjournment

The written examination commenced Wednesday morning 8 o'clock. Profs. Buckingham and Johnson rendered valuable assistance in conducting the examination. The following teachers received certificates; Miss Allen, Ethel Betty, Georgie Tubbs, Fannie Potter, Amanda Bullington, Messrs. W.A. Moore, W.M. Brewington, Jno. B. Starks, W. Officer, Reuben Potter, Thos. Officer, C.J. Johnson, R.H. Goodloe and H.H. Buckingham.

During the two days of the institute we were largely visited by our white friends and were favored by some very able, instructive and encouraging talks from some of the most prominent men of Liberty.


Our town is still hustling. Several new buildings are in progress. The block on the corner of Main and Depot street will boom up that part of town. There will be three buildings, one occupied by John Smith of Smithville, another for the bank, we haven't heard what for the 3rd.

The Seventh Day Adventists are still holding services at the tent. In a discussion yesterday evening, W.A. Bryan answered on the subject of the Sabbath.

Hons. W.L. Waters and A. Bryan went to Lebanon today on business.


A very hard storm Monday unroofed T.D. Hill's barn.

K.C. Kathcart killed a rattlesnake that he said was about twenty-five years old, the largest he had ever seen.

Mrs. Bluhm and daughter of Temperance Hall are visiting friends and relatives at this place.

Miss Ada Snow is visiting relatives at Smithville.

Brown Bros. will move their saw mill near the old Cane Ridge church shortly.


A. Hays' little son has been very sick with fever but is improving some.

C.B. Odom had the sad misfortune of getting his barn burned, including 3 large work mules, one wagon, all his harnesses, about 30 to 40 barrels of corn, fodder and other things.

Cottage Home

For some time, Bro. Wm. Colley and others have conducted a "very interesting" prayer meeting at the schoolhouse. They meet each Sabbath at 3 p.m.

Bro. Simpson will hold a meeting at this place beginning the third Sabbath.

Mrs. Willie Anderson has been right sick, but is getting up again.

One of our merchants, Mr. Wm. Robinson and wife have been blessed with another little girl.


Rev. J.B. Fletcher filled his regular appointment at the Baptist church Sunday.

Andrew Thompson is clerking for A.B. Smith.

Ed Oakley was in town Saturday.

Miss Daisy McKnight of Auburn has been visiting relatives here.

Mrs. Mattie McNelly left for Sulphur Springs this morning.

Frank Colvert and John Walker left last week to try their fortune in other parts.

T.W. Eason left for Nashville this morning.

Mr. Zade White is visiting his daughter at this place.

Hal Tubb left Saturday to spend a few days in Nashville and Franklin.

John B. Robinson, Esq. Was in town Saturday.

Mr.&Mrs. D.W. Dinges and Miss Pa----ine went to Carthage last week.

James H. Snoddy returned from a business trip Saturday.

Mrs. B.F. Bell and children are visiting in Murfreesboro.

Miss Laura Johnson left for her home in Commerce last Friday.

Mrs. Edie Griffith and Mrs. Bettie Bridges are visiting relatives near town.

R.F. Jones and wife return today from Sulphur Springs.

R.W. Beasley has a photograph gallery at the Central Hotel.

Dr. Sam McMillen assisted Dr. Jones in performing a surgical operation near Carthage.

R.B. Evans was down on the 4th.

Mrs. E.T. Bowers and daughter, Fannie, of Nashville are expected this week.

Mrs. Pop Fuller has been visiting at Brush Creek.

Mrs. Emma Goodner of Nashville was here last week.

John P. Read has been spending a few days in town.

Van Garrison has returned from Nashville.

The C.M.A. Club of this place (young men's) gave their annual banquet last Thursday evening at the residence of Mr. A.P. Smith. Eighty invitations were sent and quite a number were present.

New Middleton

Mrs. Ed Baird, who has been sick for some time, died Saturday morning was buried at the Baptist cemetery Sunday. She leaves a husband and a host of friends.

Miss Minnie Yeaman of Nashville is visiting her sister, Mrs. Agee, of this place.

Mrs. Calhoun of Nashville is visiting her father, Dr. Jim Bridges.

Neal Bros. store building will soon be completed.

Miss Etta Bowers is visiting friends and relatives at Alexandria this week.

Mr. Brad Hallum of Rome was visiting Dr. Hallum Saturday and Sunday.

Dr. Joe Bridges of Nashville is visiting his father, Dr. J.G. Bridges.

Bob Webb and Zack Demily went to Walker's Creek Sunday and brought home with them their future companions.

Miss Mattie Bell of Nashville is visiting cousins, Misses Mattie Lou and Alma Bradford.

Henry Thomas has been on the sick list.

Our Neighbors

News Taken From Our County Exchanges

Putnam County ---- The Press

Mrs. R.P. Baker of Honey Grove, Texas is visiting her parents, Mr.&Mrs. D.L. Dow, at this place.

J.A. Cullom of The Press left Tuesday for a business trip through Texas and western prints.

Daniel Harvey Morgan offers the Cumberland Presbyterian College Committee 5 acres of land, as a donation if they will build on this tract, East of Capt. S.G. Slaughter's.

One of the most beautiful and elaborate weddings ever witnessed in this city was that of Mr. Lee Clark and Miss Annie Abernathy, which was solemnized at the Methodist church on last evening.

Last Monday a large number of Putnam county citizens who are interested in building a fair at this place met in the Press office. C.C. Fowler presided with Rutledge Smith, Secretary. J.N. King was selected to canvass the upper district, L.P. Gillem, the middle and Jo Jared, those in the west end.

Warren County ---- New Era

Percy S. Wallace, after spending a month with relatives and friends here, left last Friday for Washington, D.C. to resume his duties as Foreman of the War Branch of the Government Printing Office.

Hon. B.A. Enloe reached here at noon last Monday. During his stay he was the guest of his old schoolmate, Mr. John Beech.

Eugene Christian and family arrived from Atlanta last week and will visit relatives here for a few days.

Edgar Magness of Eufala, Florida arrived last Monday and will visit relatives here for a few days.

Rutherford County ---- The News

Mr. D.W. Butler brought in the first cotton bloom of the season last Thursday.

Mr. Tom Tobias has bought the Kimbro farm on the Salem pike from Mrs. LaSalle Selph, paying $8,200.

Mr. James W. Perry has been appointed by Governor Turney, Coal Oil Inspector and hereafter will be known as "Coal Oil Jimmie".

Two countrymen, named Lee Taylor and Louis Kendrick got into difficulty on the Southeast side of the square last Saturday. Both were arrested and appeared before the recorder Monday.

Married by Rev. J.A. Hailey of this city Wednesday afternoon, June 26th, Mr. Thomas H. Ezell and Miss Erin Armenia Knox of the Bradyville pike.

Mrs. B.F. Paty died at her residence on Church street, Friday evening last, after a painful illness of months. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.H. Cotton at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Our sympathy for the bereaved husband and aged mother.

Wilson County ---- The Tribune

At the witching hour of midnight in the shadow of the Temple of Justice, in the presence of a small but select crowd of witnesses, Mr. J.E. Griffin and Miss Minnie Shorter of Watertown were united in marriage by Esq. B.W. Cox Tuesday night.

Ed Webb and Jessie Harris, two colored boys, were arrested by officer Hatcher last Saturday for breaking into the house of Lewis Clark…to jail to await the grand jury. They are both old offenders.

Prof. R.L. McDonald has accepted the appointment as principal of the public schools at West Point, Mississippi…by Cumberland University.

Yesterday afternoon several boys who had been working all day about the thresher, went down to Moore's mill and went in swimming. While in the water the 16 year old son of Doak Hatcher took the cramp and before help could come he was drowned. The remains were interred at the family burying ground today.

Jesse Sparks of Murfreesboro spent Saturday night in Lebanon.

Non-Resident Notice

Milton Braswell, et al vs. Lee Braswell, et all -- In Court at Smithville

Deponents, Monroe Braswell, Sarah Belle Braswell, Alonzo Braswell, Bob Braswell, Lee Braswell, L.D. Braswell, Abe Braswell, Amy Braswell and John Lee Braswell are non-residents of the State of Tennessee and are residents of the State of Texas. …to appear before the County Court of DeKalb county Tennessee at the court house on the 1st Monday in September, 1895.

Cherry Valley

The Telephone Co. will have an office in the store of H.W. Williams & Son, also Dr. W.R. Seat will have one in his dwelling.

The entertainment at the Watertown College on the night of the 4th instant was a grand treat and the recitation by Mrs. A.E. Potter on the saloon.

Talk of H.A. Phillips building a new store in the place of his old one which is occupied by W.W. Williams & Son.

Miss Nora Simmons of Lebanon was visiting in our neighborhood last week.

Henderson X Roads

"The Fourth was celebrated at the college by six beautiful speeches, a wedding and an ice cream supper. The speakers were Walter Faulkner, Dr. Alsup, Frank McMillin, J.W. Leeman, Dr. Davis, and W.P Phillips. Rev. H.J. Lanham was master of ceremonies. At the close of the speaking, Mr. John W. Williams and Miss Lillie May Oakley came upon the platform and in a few well-selected words the twain were made one, Rev. J.T. Oakley, the father of the bride, officiating."

Miss Ada White of Warren county is visiting her brother, Prof. J.H. White of this place.

Dr. Alsup, S.J. Ashworth, W.T. Clemmons and Jas. Puckett have recently lost good horses by death.

Uncle Billy Alsup and wife are on their semi-annual visit to Mrs. Ellen Phillips.


Mrs. Maude Pickering has gone to her home in Carthage.

100,000 Brick for sale by E.J. Evans, Smithville.

Miss Sudie Carden has returned to her home in Coffee county.

John Conley's health is much better than it has been for several weeks.

R.B. Vanatta has a new sulphur well in his yard dug by W.R. Lewis & Co.

Jack Mason, Esq. of the Smithville country was here Friday and Saturday.

Rev. T.A. Carden is in Coffee county this week on a visit to the old home folks.

Judge Robt. Cantrell is holding court for Judge Smallman at Smithville this week.

Dr. T.O. Bratten and J.L. Tribble of Watertown were here yesterday on business.

Miss Nora Martin, trimmer for Overall Bros., left for her home in Nashville last week.

Eld. O.P. Barry will begin a series of meetings at the Eureka Academy next Sunday.

Prof. W.J. Gothard, Superintendent will examine applicants for the Peabody Scholarship at this place July 18th.

Some of our local sportsman, J.H. and D.D. Overall, John Bass, L.N. Woodsides and others went to Caney Fork River Friday on a fishing trip.

Land Sale in Circuit Court

A.H. Myers vs. W.H. Tramel

Order issued at March Term, 1895, DeKalb county, Monday, Sept. 2, 1895…for sale the following tract of land lying in the 10th civil district --- on the north by the public road leading from Capling, Tenn to Indian Creek, on the south side by the lands of John Curtis and J___ R____ Tramel, on the east by the lands of said Tramel and on the west by the land of Jno. W. Jacobs, Monroe Ellis and Peter Plumbley (col).

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