NEWS CLIPPINGS – 1916


Central High School Honor Roll

First Grade:         Iva Levan, Henry Heidel
Second Grade:    Jessie Cooper
Third Grade:        Ella Crenshaw, Labon Summer, Mary Summer Iva Redmon
Fourth Grade:      Elsia Moates
Fifth Grade:         Lorene Davis, Nellie Hall, Parlia Henry
Seventh Grade:    Merida Byrd, Dixie Davis, Charley Newberry, Madge Ott, Ray Schubert, Roy Schubert,
Ida Taylor, Thelma Zumstein
Eight Grade:         Lee Davis, Marie Heidel, Edna Human, Eva Summer

HIGH SCHOOL HONOR ROLL
First year:         Orpha Clark
Second year:    John Joyner
Third Year:      Herbert Bales, Ed Conificius, Netta Clark, Lawrence Newberry, Blanche Ott

DOMESTIC SCIENCE
Cooking:  Eva Summer, Metta Clark, Otto Schubert
Sewing:    Anna Mae Joyner, Lesie Dean Levan, Emma Summer, Ida Taylor, Marie Heidel, Eva Summer James


 

 

Joyner and Pointer Barger, candidates for member of the County Board of Education, were calling on the voters.

Henry Davis and son, Vanus, went out to Marlow Friday to attend the funeral of Lum Smith.

Capt. T.G. Van Meyers, representating the French government, is spending the week in our burg purchasing mules and horses for army service.

TO ALL CONCERNED:
By reason of impending strike, effective at once, the O.N.O. & T.P., A.G.S.S.H. & N.E., C.B & C., and Belt of Chattanooga will not accept from shippers any shipment of live stock or perishable freight unless it can reach final destination by regular or usual schedule before September 2, 1916.
Any shipments of explosives or highly inflamable material will not be received.
Please see that shippers and receivers are notified by telephone or otherwise at once, also that local newspapers are given notice so that the informationmay be made available to all concerned.
(Signed)
W.T. Caldwell

The above information was added June 24, 2000……….


Marriage Licenses  and Marriages

January, 1916
Sam Key to Sarah Jane Potter
Lonas Armes to Dallas Dangher

February, 1916
Milton Gray to Mary Hedgecoth
Frank Douglas to Leona Stringfield

August, 1916
W.M. Greder to Stella Underwood
Herbert Staples to Bethie Brasel
Elijha Clark to Bessie Hill

October 1916
Hubert Freels and Della York, 9/28/1916
Martin Redmon and Della Arms
Andrew McDormick and Luverna Zumstein
George Bune and Wettha Jones
Harold Adcock and Mattie Bingham
Reuben Morgan and Lena Wehlhorn  (Mehlhorn?)
Ola Howard and Luverna Cox
(week of 10/20/1916)

December 1916
W. E. Kennedy & Ida Ridener
Geo Leach & Myrtle Gooch
Harry Carlton Jones & Ova Marie Creekmore
Joseph Cox & Dorothy Hall
James Back & Della Adkin
Haywood Wilson & Freddie Butler
Riley Justice & Myrtle Stewart -(see below)
Harry Kreis &  Ida Brasel
William T. Walton & Sarah L. Kinker
Wiley England & Flora Guffey
C. C. Todd & Matilda Jones
John Bradshaw & Maggie Jones
Daniel Webb & Othena Hall
G. Walker & Jennie Wright
Oscar Byrd & Anna McNeil
Chas Walls & Grace Butler
George Heidle & Etta Brown
L. E. Thornton & Oma Jackson
H. Conrad Wilson & Bessie Human
N. J. Stonecipher & Tressie Patrick
Riley JUSTICE and Myrtle STEWART were married by Esq. HOLDER, Dec. 16 1916, on the Pike a short distance east OF Wartburg near Gus Heidel’s.  They were sitting in an auto when the Esquire drove up, married them in short order as he was carrying the mail and could not tarry long on the job.

Harry  KREIS and Ida L. BRASEL were married Christmas morning and left immediately for Knoxville..
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OBITUARIES-1916

James H. GALLOWAY died Jan. 6th at the home of his daughter,
Mrs. Griffith after a long illness.

Martin BROWN died in Atlanta, Ga. Jan 15th with pneumonia. He was a soldier in the US Service. His body was shipped to Burrville for
burial. He leaves a father and mother, two sisters and six brothers.

Martin C. BROWN, died Jan. 16, 1916 at Camp Gordon.  He was formerly from Burrville. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Brown who lived at Burrville.  Cause of death was pneumonia.

James T. BUCHANAN, a miner about 30 years of age from Dayton was killed in the CONGER MINES Wednesday by falling slate. He had worked here only two days.  The body was prepared for burial and sent to Dayton for interment.  He leaves a wife and two children. (August 1916)

P.J. CALLAHAN, 72, of Chattanooga died, 8/10/1916 at his home.  Burial in Cincinnatti, Aug 13, 1916.  He was for many years the
passenger conductor between Somerset and Chattanooga.

Infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jack BROWN was buried Aug. 14, 1916 at M.E. Church Cemetery Sunbright.

William HOWARD, born in Morgan Co., May 16, 1831, died Oct 17, 1916. He married Sarah Williams in 1858. They had seven children, 5 survive.  daughters, Mrs. T. C. DILLON. Mrs. Wilburn STOWERS, and Mrs. Gusty HOWARD.  Sons, Andrew and Perry Howard. Mr.  HOWARD joined the Union Army at the outbreak of the Civil War. Burial in Lavender Cem. Deer Lodge

Jim WOODRUFF, who a week ago stabbed to death JOHN McGINLY on the streets of Harriman, was arrested Saturday at Rockwood.  His preliminary trial was held Saturday afternoon and he was bound over to court with out bond.  He claims the stabbing was in self defense. (week or 8/13/1916)

DEATH OF ELIHU HOLDER
On July 25, 1916, Elihu HOLDER passed over the divide to the great beyond.  He was in his 73rd year. He was the oldest of seven children and was married in 1869 to Miss Laura SILCOX who died in 1882. There were six children to this union, two survive.About three years later he married Miss Sarah NICHOLS. There were three children to this union. He leaves a wife, 5 sons and 2 daughters. His remains were laid to rest in Liberty Cemetery on July 26.

Mrs. Jeff LAVENDER died week of Aug. 24, 1916.  She suffered a stroke about 2 weeks ago and never recovered.  She was 72 years old.  Burial in Pine Flat Cemetery.

Miss COLLINS of Hillsboro, Ohio. She owned several houses in Deer Lodge and spent the winters among us. (8/1916)

Joe W. LINDSAY of Chattanooga was killed Sunday in a head on collison between his motor cycle and a street car.  He was about 30
years of age and leaves a wife, father and mother, S.W. LINDSAY, and a sister. (8/31/1916)

Mr. HUNT of Michigan who bought the Thomas POTTER place near J.W. BURNS, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor on Saturday evening.  He lived until Monday. (week of10/5/1916)

Mr. M. W. BUXTON, age 91, departed this life Oct.16, 1916. His wife, four sons, and one daughter are left to mourn his loss.

Mr. Joe THORNTON died Oct. 8, 1916. He  leaves a wife, sons and daughters to mourn his  departure.  His remains were laid to
rest in Liberty Cemetery.

Mrs. E. S. JONES. (week of,10/19/1916) burial in Winfield.

The three month’s old child of Esquire R. A. CROSS died last Sunday morning.  The afflicted couple have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement (week of 11/16/1916)

The sad news of the death of Rev. Joseph HERMIE, pastor of St. Anne Church at Deer Lodge and Stowers, was learned Monday morning. Interment in Philadelphia. (week of 12/14/1916)

Mr. A. HENKLE, a well known former resident of Glades, who moved to Chicago a few months ago, died suddenly Dec. 6, 1916.

Aunt Margaret JONES, wife of Mr. W. D. JONES died at Montgomery in her 78th year. She was born in Russell County Va., to Mr. & Mrs. CROMWELL, (Ed Note-Johnson and Anna JACKSON CROMWELL).  She married Daniel GARRETT in 1859. He was captured during the Civil War and died at Belle Isle. Daughter, Mrs. Chas. (Julia) BROWN survives of two children. June 27 she married W. D. JONES. One daughter, who married Wm. HOLSTON died about three years ago. Interment in Lutheran Cemetery. (week of Dec. 28, 1916)

Mrs. Dave JONES who lives close to the White School House, fell dead between her home and a neighbors on Tuesday evening.  A couple of boys who were near by heard her scream and saw her fall.  They ran to her aid but found her dead when they reached her side. (12/1916)

The sad news of the death of Carl SWIFT, which occured last Thursday at their home. He was a brother of one of our former Music teachers, Miss Lillian SWIFT.  (12/1916)

Aunt Eliza DAVIS died at the home of her son. J. M. DAVIS on Dec. 24, 1916 at the ripe age of 80 years
and was buried on Dec 25, in Burrville Cemetery. December, 21, 1916

We regret to give up another of our citizens, (Rugby), but the death angel came to the home of Mr. S.H. GILES and took away Mrs. Sol Giles from us.

OTHER NOTES AND NEWS 
January 1916
The weather has registered from five to seven below zero more than once.  Folks are doing with out coal because ice-covered hills are making it difficult to deliver.

August 10, 1916
Bert STEPHENS, who has been in the Navy for the past eight years, made this burg a call last week.  He was visiting his grandmother, Mrs. R.A. DAVIS.

Last Monday Aug. 7, was surely Birthday Day in Sunbright. On that day Hon. Wm. BULLARD celebrated his 56th, Mrs. Bettee ENGLAND her 44th, Chas T. SUMMERS his 40th, Arthur JUSTICE, 22nd, Miss Bessie
HUMAN her 17th and Elizabeth NEIL her 10th birthday.

Mr. Harry HALL and wife are slowly improving from typhoid fever.

Prof. John ALBERTSON and Miss Eva GALLOWAY opened school here on Monday morning of this week (8/10/1916)

Frank DOUGLAS  has given up his position at Catoosa and returned to the Emory.

Little Albert GARRETT is still peddling at Annadell.

Burglars entered the post office here (Coalfield) Friday night and relieved the cash drawer of about $100.  A box of pennies and the stamps were not molested. (8/10/1916)

A horse belonging to Sam WALLS near here was stolen Saturday night and ridden to Petros and turned loose.  Mr. Walls found his horse at Stephen’s Switch with one eye knocked out and otherwise badly abused.  Coalfield (8/10/1916)

Geo. P. McKETHUM and wife, who have been visiting his father, E.H. McKETHUM, have returned to their home in Cario, Ill, on Aug. 17th.

S.T. KIMBELL has purchased 300 acres on the pike road near Sunbright for $4,500. Property is advancing by leaps and bounds along the fines pike in the county!

August 24, 1916
Miss Lina ZUMSTEIN, 1st Asst. teacher in the Sunbright  High School, arrived here last Saturday.

One of the finest plantations in the county passed hands last week — The MAGNOLIA PLANTATION at Stowers formerly owned by S.T. KIMBALL.  Comprised in this estate is upwards of 2000 acres, residences, cleared lands, store buildings and barns.  A large Polish settlement adjoins this estate and a Catholic Church is on the property. The residence of James J. ENGLAND at West

Sunbright was destroyed by fire Sunday night about 8:30.   The fire was caused by a defective flue. August 31, 1916

Several investors here from Champaign, Ill. are expected here this wee to look at land around Stowers.

Next Saturday will see the big auction sale at Glades when Adolph HEINKLE will sell out. They are moving back to Chicago.

Fourteen cars of railroad ties were shipped from Sunbright last week.

Paul T. JONES, president of the Barbor Coal Co., spent Saturday and Sunday in Harriman.

October 5, 1916
Mr. M HUNT  of Michigan, who bought the Thomas Potter place near JH.W. Burns;, committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor on Sat. evening last.  He lived until Monday noon.

Roy HOWARD, son of Trustee Howard, blew in from Chicago Monday.
We reckon that the cold chilly winds off Lake Michigan were too much for his liking.

Rev. CALDWELL, (the circuit rider) of Burrville and his father of Lenoir City and Rev. A. C. PETERS were here Sunday.  The elder Caldwell preached an interesting sermon.

BOYLE FARM SOLD
S.T. KIMBELL of the Kimbell Land Agency closed up the largest sale of the year in selling the BOYLE Farm of 3500 acres for Oscar PETERSON to Judge C. A. BALES of Jefferson County. This plantation was founded by Lord MONTGOMERY BOYLE of London, England, who invested largely in the county in the early ‘80s, (1880s) together with the English investors who founded the Rugby settlement.

October 12, 1916
Henry LILES suffered the loss of his house by fire a few days since.  The fire was accidental.

Jesse QUINN went to Michigan as an escort with the body of Ben HUTCHINGS, where the remains will be buried.

Edgar RUFFNER and Edgar HOPPER left Monday for Morristown where they expect to attach themselves to some kind of a job.

Mrs. C. PETERS had a serious runaway a few days ago.  A young horse hitched to a buggy became frightened and ran away throwing the occupants from the buggy, considerable injuring the buggy. No one was seriously hurt.

Squire ADCOCK”S court was the scene Tuesday of a very exciting lawsuit, which as to nature is perhaps not duplicated in the court procedure of the county.  Harry GOUGE, who lives near here, was arraigned on the charge of a very grave statutory offence.  The alleged victim and accuser was little Miss Gertrude McDANIEL, aged 13 years.The accused was sent to jail until the next term of Circuit Court at Wartburg.

October 26, 1916
Earnest BARDILL, a quiet farmer of the Lone Mt. community of planters, was arrested and brought to town and tried at the Court House on Monday before Bruno SCHUBERT, a Justice of the Peace, the indictment charging Bardill with Forgery.  The proof showed a check drawn on the Oakdale Bank & Trust Co. by Riley JESTES to Enoch BARDILL and by Enoch BARDILL endorsed.  The check was dated Oct. 8th 1916 and was paid by said bank on Oct. 12, 1916, the check being for $10.00.  The warrant was sworn out by Riley JESTES who denied writing the check and charging said BARDILL with forging his name and getting the money on it.  The defendant was bound over to court, in $1000 bonds which he made and returned to his home that
evening.

Nov. 2, 1916
Mr. John KREIS took a load of potatoes to Oakdale Tuesday for Ben BYRD who had sold them to J.C. ALLEY at $1.00 per bushel.  He took another load today.

TWO MORE STEEL BRIDGES
The county Court met in special session and passed a resolution authorizing the Bridge Commission to let contracts for two more steel bridges to built across Clear Fork, one at Peters Ford and one at Brewster Ford. (re-print from Fentress Co. Gazette)

We regret to have to announce that about 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon the house of Mr. Pointer BARGER, who lives on the Wartburg and Petros Road about nine miles from Wartburg was totally destroyed by fire.  Mr. Barger is a poor man and has a large family who are turned out of home with only the clothes they had on.

November 16, 1916
The High School Students, who are under the supervision of Miss Sadie RAMSEY, will give a two hour play on the evening of Dec. 9, at 7 o’clock in the high school auditorium.

On Sunday last, St. Peter left the Gates of Heaven ajar and a bright little angel boy, wended its way down to earth and took up its abode in the happy home of Mr. & Mrs. J.E. TANNER We are please to announce that mother and child are doing nicley. November  30, 1916

The H & F E E R R is having some wells dug near the depot, and will erect a water tank here. (Coalfield)

Mart VANN, our barber, fell from his barn loft a few mornings since and sustained some very bad bruises, though no serious injuries.

R.D. McGLOTHIN, aged about 60 years, who is subject to epilepsy, fell from a railroad trestle a week ago during one of his attacks and was very seriously hurt. Since the accident he has been scarcely in a conscious condition and his life is dispaired of.

John B. YORK accidently fell from his wagon last Friday. The wagon which was loaded with crossties ran over him, dislocating his left shoulder and otherwise injuring him..  Drs JONES and EASLEY were called and soon set the bones.Mr. YORK is some better and at this writing is confined to his room.

There is quite a building boom in Wartburg. Some are building, while others putting up additons.

December 14, 1916
Mr. Clarence Brown met with a painful accident last Satruday in falling from a wagon he dislocated his elbow. (Burrville)

Mr. A. HENKLE a well known former resident of Glades, who moved to Chicago a few months ago, died suddenly Dec. 6th from the effects of a bad cold which settled in his lungs. (Deer Lodge)

During the sitting of the Grand Jury this week, the case of Ernest BARDILL, which was a bound over case from Squire SCHUBERT’S court held Oct. 23, in which Mr. BARDILL was held for his appearance at this term of court on a charge of passing a bogus check.The Grand Jury, after examing the witnesses, decided that Mr. Bardill was not guilty and refused to indict him.  Mr. BARDILL is a quiet and respectable citizen of the Lone Mountain Country.

JUST A WORD FROM RUGBY
We regret to learn that Friday, Dec. 22, will be the last day of our school here for the winter.  Our school has been taught this term by Mr. William Powell of the third district. Mr. Powell psosesses all the qualities which go to make a successful teacher.
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December 21, 1916 – Letters from SANTA:
Dear Santa: I am 5 years old, and of course I want lots and lots of things, but I am just going to ask for the things I want most and I will then expect to get them.  Please bring me a toy piano, a big doll and a teddy bear.  I was about to forget to tell you to bring me some irons to iron my doll clothes.  I shall expect what I’ve asked for, with lots of candy, oranges and apples.  Love to you and Mrs. Santa.     Charlotte Aytes, Frankfort.
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Dear Santa, I am a little boy 5 years old and I want you to bring me a little wagon and a toy dog and a horse and some apples, oranges candy and nuts.  The is all I will ask for this time. Good By.
Granville McPETERS
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Please Dear Santa: Bring us a doll, a little wagon and candy,
oranges and nuts and don’t forget our little sister Ava.  Please bring us a little lamp too.
Wilma and Lela Stone, Rockwood, Rte 3
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Dear Santa; I am a little girl 10 years old.  Please bring me a pair of gloves and a handkerchief box, and don’t forget my little sister, Tressie, and bring her an unbreakable doll and some candy; so good by Santa,
Georgia Dilbeck, Wartburg.
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We will pay 30 cents for Eggs and 25 cents per
pound for Butter, in cash.  SCHUBERT’S STORE.

December 28, 1916
A CARD FROM THE EDITOR OF THE BANNER
“A.F. NACE, editor of the Morgan County Banner at Oakdale, has been called to his home near York, Pa, hence this week’s issue of the Banner will be omitted.  Nr. Nace was called to his home to attend the funeral of his dear mother.

Mr. A. HONEYCUTT has been at Knoxville for the past two weeks
on the Federal Jury.

Mr. J. S. GREER has been suffering for two weeks with a sprained wrist which was caused while cranking his machine.  The little Ford kicked!

Mr. J.M. PETETT and family have returned from California.

Mrs. W.B. CRENSHAW and the children spent Christmas evening and
Tuesday at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson ROBINSON.


COURT RECORDS -- 1916
August 10, 1916
Squire Adcock’s court was the scene of a lively legal tilt here Saturday.  
The MORRISON Brothers, proprietors of the Oliver Springs Brick Yard, were on trial for felonious assualt on William Settle.  The evidence pointed in opposite directions and the defendents were acquitted.

October 12, 1916
Squire ADCOCK’S court was the scene Tuesday of a very exciting lawsuit, which as to
nature is perhaps not duplicated in the court procedure of the county.  Harry GOUG
who lives near here, was arraigned on the charge of a very grave statutory offence.  The
alleged victim and accuser was little  Miss Gertrude McDANIEL, age 13 years.  The crime
is said to have been committed Saturday evening week near the Prudential Mines. 
Gouge was arrested by Constable W.H. WARD and brought before Equires ADCOCK 
and WEBSTER who after hearing the evidence of the little girl and  Gouge’s father,
committed the accused to jail until the next term of Circuit Court at Wartburg.  The State
was represented by Harvey Ward and the defendent by J.M. DAVIS and C.C.JACKSON

October 26, 1916
   BOUND OVER TO THE CRIMINAL AND LAW COURT
   Earnest BARDILL, a quiet farmer of the Lone Mountain community of planters, was
arrested and brought to town and tried at the Court House in Wartburg on Monday of this
week, before Bruno SCHUBERT, a Justice of the Peace, the indictment charging
BARDILL with forgery.  
  The proof showed that a check was drawn on the Oakdale Bank & Trust Co, by Riley
JESTES to Enoch BARDILL  and by Enoch BARDILL endorsed.The check was dated
Oct. 8th 1916, and was paid by said bank on Oct. 12th, 1916, the
check being for $10.00.
   The warrent was sworn out by Riley JESTES who denied writing the check; and
charging said BARDILL with forging his name and getting the money on it.
  Since a Justice of the Peace tries such cases on the probable cause of guilt and not upon
the reasonable doubt, the defendant was bound over to court, in $1,000 bonds which he
made and returned to his home that evening.

December, 14, 1916
  During the sitting of the Grand Jury this week the case of Ernest BARDILL, which was
a bound over case from Squire SCHUBERT’S court held Oct. 23, in which Mr.
BARDILL was held for appearance at this term of court on a charge of passing a bogus
check upon the bank at Oakdale.  The grand Jury, after examing the witnesses decided
that Mr. Bardill was not guilty and refused to indict him.  He is a quiet and respectable
citizen of the Lone Mountain country.

CRIMINAL AND LAW COURT 
Met Dec. 11, 1916 with Judge HICKS on the bench and  States Attorney W.H. BUTTRAM and Charles W. SUMMER, Clerk in attendance.

The following cases were heard and disposed of:

State vs:

W W CHRISTMAS, case nollied on costs. 
James BRANDENBURG, murder, continued 
James COFFEE, carrying arms, continued 
R. ANGEL and Chas. ARP, felonious assault, 
not guilty 
A.M. CARDELL carrying arms, not guilty 
William GOOCH, felonious assault, found 
guilty of simple assault, fined $40 and costs. 
Leon PEMBERTON and Abe LAMBERSON 
unlawfully selling liquor, continued 
Charles ROGERS, cruelty to animals, nullied 
J.F. EVANS, carrying weapons, continued by State.

State vs: 
W. COFFEY, keeping female dog, $5.00 and cost. 
Jas HANSFORD, drunkeness, nullie on cost 
Walter Williams,  nullied on costs 
Arch WEAVER,unlawfully selling liquor, fined $50 and sixty days. 
Adam DAUGERTY, carrying arms, fined $50 and thirty days. 
Adam DAUGERTY, selling liquor to minors, fined $25 and cost. 
Gilbert LANGLEY, carry arms, fined $50 and cost. 
A.P. GOLDSTON, et al forfiture, nullied on cost. 
Harvey GOUCH, rape, acquitted of rape and hung jury 
  on age of consent. 
Adam DAUGERTY, carry concealed arms, not guilty 
On Friday afternoon the court adjourned over to January 19, 1917 


 

MORGAN COUNTY is situated on the Cumberland Plateau, which has an elevation of about 1,500 feet above the sea.  It is surrounded by the counties of Scott, Anderson, Roane, Cumberland and Fentress.  The greater portion of the surface is very broken, especially in the southern part.  The principal mountains are the Crab Orchard, Lone and Brushy, the general trend of which is about the same as that of the Cumberland Range.  The largest streams in the county are the Emory and the Obed Rivers, with their respective tributaries, Crooked Fork and Clear Creek, and the Clear Fork of the Cumberland River and White Oak Creek.

The mineral resources consist in extensive deposits of coal and iron.  The soil, except in the bottoms, is not naturally rich, but is susceptible of a high degree of cultivation.  Experiments have been made, extending over a period of several years and it is found that nearly all valuable grasses can be successfully raised.   It is believed, however, that the growing of fruit is destined to become the most remunerative industry of not only Morgan County, but the entire Cumberland Plateau.  All fruits known to this latitude are grown here to perfection.  Especially is this true of grapes for wine making and this crop rarely if ever fails.

The settlement of Morgan County began soon after the Indian title to the lands was extinguished.  One of the first settlers, if not the first, was SAMUEL HALL, who located about seven miles northeast of Wartburg in 1807.  He had a large family of children, among whom were DAVID, ELIJAH, ELISHA, LUKE AND GARRETT HALL.  His brother, MARTIN HALL, located in the same vicinity. At about the same time DAVID STONECIPHER entered land and made a settlement on Crooked Fork. JOSEPH and BENJAMIN STONECIPHER entered land adjoining him, while EZRA STONECIPHER located on Beach Fork.  In 1814 MICHAEL STONECIPHER made an entry on Big Emory.  During the same year, JOHN M. STAPLES settled on the south side of Big Emory, near the crossing of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad.  He had six sons:  JOHN M., ABNER F., DAVID, WILLIAM, THOMAS AND BENJAMIN T.  The first two removed to other States.  The last named located near Sunbright, the site of which he owned.  The first settlers on Flat Fork were Elijah REESE and Titus ENGLAND, both of whom located in 1808.  The first to locate on White Oak Creek was John FREELS, who came in 1811.  The next year Royal PRICE settled on Clear Creek, at its junction with Obed River, on land which, prior to that time, had been occupied by William SHOEMAKER.  Among the other pioneers who came to the county prior to 1815 may be mentioned the following:  Mathias WILLIAMS, Ephriam DAVIS  and Nicholas SUMMERS, Who located on Crooked Fork.  Squire and Morgan HENDRICKS, who located on Emory River above the HALLS; John WEBB, who lived below, on the same stream; Charles WILLIAMS, Lewis RECTOR, Littleburg BRIENT, John CRAIG, Charles and Andrew PREWITT, who lived on Little Emory, or its waters; Jesse CASEY, Zachariah EMBREE, Hartsell HURT, who located on Crab Orchard Creek; Jeremiah HATFIELD and Basil HUMAN, who settled on Bone Camp, and John BRASEL, Jacob and John LAYMANCE, Andrew SHANNON and Robert McCCARTT, whose locations could not be definitely determined.  The house known as the “Indian Tavern” is said to have been built by William DAVIDSON, who came to the county  about 1810.  He had served in the Revolutionary war as captain of a company of North Carolina militia, and was one of the early settlers of Buncombe County.  He was a friend of the Cherokees, could speak their language, and his house became a sort of resort for them, hence its name.  As he did not own the land upon which the house was built, he soon removed to land which he entered about one mile south of Kesmet.

In 1817, the Legislature passed an act providing for the organization of a county to be named in honor of Gen. Daniel MORGAN.  It’s boundaries as then fixed,  included a considerable part of what is now Scott, Fentress and Cumberland Counties.  The first term of the county court was held in January, 1818, but as the records have been destroyed little is known of its transactions.  Soon, however, a town was laid off, on land donated to the county by Daniel S. LAVENDER, and a jail erected.  It was situated thirteen miles west of Wartburg, on the Nashville Road and  was known as Montgomery.  In 1832 Fentress County was erected and it became necessary to remove the county seat to a more central location.  Accordingly, on July 18, 1826, a new town of Montgomery was laid off on ten acres of land purchased from William WALL and lying on the east side of Emory River, about one mile and a half west of Wartburg.  The commissioners to locate the site and erect the county buildings were Jacob LAYMANCE, Chairman; John TRIPLETT, Benjamin HAGLER, John ENGLAND, Sharrach STEPHENS, Samuel SCOTT, and Sterling WILLIAMS. The first lot sold was purchased by Robert BUSH, a colored blacksmith.  Among the merchants who were engaged in business then before the war were--Cox, John II, BRIENT, William STAPLES, James JOHNSON, and Constantine BRAUSE.  Thomas S. LEA, a physician, and Levi TREWHITT, a lawyer, were also residents of the place.  Hotels were kept by Julian SCOTT and John H. BRIENT.  The land around the town, which had previously belonged to William WALL, was purchased by Samuel SCOTT in 1824.  He also entered a large tract of land on Emory River, above the town.  He was the father of Thomas, John, Samuel, Russell and Julian F.

In 1851 the first jail erected was replaced by a new one, and in 1852 the county court appointed commissioners to superintend the erection of a new courthouse which, however, was never entirely completed.  These buildings were used until 1870, when on March 26 of that year, an election was held to decide upon the removal of the seat of justice to Wartburg.  This resulted in a vote of 195 to 149 in favor of the removal, and C.G. JOYNER, R.A. DAVIS, L.B. SNOW, E.H. McKATHAN, W.L.E.DAVIDSON, Amos TAYLOR and J.W. DAVIDSON were appointed commissioners to sell the property in Montgomery with the exception of the jail, and to contract for the building of a courthouse.  This building was completed in the following fall at a cost of $3,132.36.

The town of Wartburg had its origin in a colonization company formed in New York in 1845.  The leading members were George F. GERDING, Augustus GUENTHER and Otto KINBUSCH.  A large amount of land lying in the vicinity of where Wartburg now is, was purchased and sold to colonists who came principally from Switzerland, though some from Germany were among them.  Of those who came first, in 1845, may be mentioned, Joseph GSCHWEND, Jacob WESPE, Christian BREI, Simon SCHMIDT, Christian WALT, Andrew FISCHER, Z. FISCHER, Peter BARDILL, Anthony VOLMAR, Bernhardt ZOBRIST and five others.  The next year about twenty-five families were added to this number.  With the advent of these colonists, a town was laid out and names Wartburg, which in April, 1851, was incorporated with Charles KRAMER, John WHITE, Thomas, JONES, Charles HAAG, and William JONES as commissioners.  The first settler on the site of the town is said to have been Walter DAVIS, who was succeeded  by Martin HALL.   DAVIS kept a public house which stood near the middle of the street nearly in front of the Central House.  The first store was opened by F. HEYDELMAN on the lot where Mr. SCOTT now lives.  Another store was kept by Mr. GERDING in the building opposite the lot now occupied by John HALL.  Back of this building stood what was known as the Emigration House, a log structure erected for the accommodation of colonists until they could build houses of their own.  Among the first emigrants were a number of Catholics, and at one time the building of a monastery was begun, but the war coming on, the work stopped and never resumed.  About 1846 a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized and the building still standing east of the Central Hotel was erected as a house of worship.  This was occupied until 1854, when it was converted into a schoolhouse and the present church erected.  In 1876 a new schoolhouse was built and the old church has since been used as a dwelling.  The pastors of the church have been as follows:  Revs. George WILKEN, Theodore HIRSCHMAN, B.C. BRIGMAN and the present pastor.  About 1879 a small Catholic Church was erected by Amelius LETOREY, who donated it to the bishop of the diocese.  A few years ago a Presbyterian Church was organized with about twenty members, with John L. MASON, Jacob BONAFACIUS and G. SCHLICHER as ruling elders.  The pulpit was supplied by Rev. Thomas ROBERTS until 1886 when he was succeeded by John SILSBY.  A church building to cost $1,500 is now under process of erection.

Since the opening of the Cincinnati Southern Railroad several thriving villages have sprung up along its line.  The two most important are Sunbright and Kismet.  In the northwest part of the county, at the junction of Clear Fork and White Oak Creek, is the famous Rugby Colony.  This colony originated with a company organized in 1877 in Boston, Mass., uner the name of “The Board of Aid to Land Ownership” with which Thomas HUGHES, Q. C. and John BOYLE, barrister at law, and other English capitalists afterward became associated.  Large tracts of land in Morgan, Scott and Fentress Counties were purchased, and October 5, 1880, the colony was formally opened by Mr. HUGHES in the presence of a large number of English and American settlers.  The board at once began and carried out a large amount of useful work.  Among the improvements were the Tabord Hotel, the Newbury House, Vine and Pioneer Cottages and a turnpike road to the railroad.  In 1881 Christ Church, with a schoolroom below it, was completed at a cost of nearly $5,000 and on June 5, 1882, the corner-stone for the HUGHES Public Library was laid by Mrs. HUGHES, the mother of Thomas HUGHES.  The library consisting  of 6,000 volumes, was donated by the publishers of Boston, New York and Philadelphia.  In 1884 the old Tabord Hotel was burned, but in July 1887, a new building, one of the finest of the kind in the South, was opened under the name of the Tabord Inn.

The village of Rugby now contains a population of from 200 to 300 and is fast becoming known as one of the great health and pleasure resorts in America.

The following persons have been the officers of the county since its organization, so far as their names could be obtained:      

Sheriffs: Garrett Hall, 1818-1820; James McClintock, Thomas England, Albert Hurt, 1836-1840; Garrett Hall, 1840-1842, Julian F. Scott, 1842-1843;  James Wilson, 1843-1848;  Jessee Triplett, 1848-1851;  Hausley Human, 1851-1856; James M. Melton, 1856-1858;  Meshack Stephens, 1858-1860; E. Lavender, 1860-1861; James R. Stanfield, 1861-1864:   Julian F. Scott, 1864-1866;   J.H. Byrd, 1866-1868;   J.F. Scott, 1868-1870; John Williams, 1870-1872;   G.D. Joyner, 1872-1874;   John Williams, 1874-1876;   J.F. Scott, 1876-1877; J.M. Staples, 1877, (January to September);   John Williams, 1877-1878;   John B. Williams, 1878-1880;         G. W. Green, 1880-1885;    H. Davidson, 1885-1886;   Benjamin Brasel, 1886.

Clerks of the County Court:   William Wall, 1818-1825;  Elijah Lavender, 1825-1836;  E. G. Kingston, 1836-1839;  Samuel P. Vaughn, 1839-1848;  G. W. Keith, 1848, 1856:  H. Human, 1856-1857;  Simon Hurst, 1857-1858;   James M. Melton, 1858-1861;  John H. Brient, 1861-1864;  John L. Scott, 1864-1874; John Hall, 1874-1877;  H. C. Wilson, 1877-1878;  M. F. Redman, 1878-1885;  J. A. Morris, 1885.

Clerks of the Circuit Court:  Robert A. Dabney, A. F. Cromwell; H.G. Bennett, 1836-1840;  Thomas S. Lea, 1840-1844; John H. Brient, 1844-1846; W.H. Williams, 1846-1852;  John H. Brient, 1852-1856;  William J. Scott, 1856-1860; M. Stephens, 1860—-;  William J. Scott, 1804–1866;  M.F. Redman, 1866-1870;  S.H. Staples, 1870-1882; J. W. Scott, 1882—.

Clerks and Masters:  B. T. Staples, 1858-1860;  H. H. Lansdon, 1860—;  John H. Brient, 1865-1870; G. W. Keith, 1870-1882;   S. H. Staples, 1882.

Registers:   Benjamin C. White, 1818-1824;  Daniel S. Lavender, 1824-1836;  Herndon Lea, 1836-1845;  Albert Hurt, 1845-1846;  J.D. Bennett, 1846-1855;  M.M. Brown, 1855-1856;  John Williams, Sr., 1856-1860;  L.H. Mosier, 1860-1864;  Garrett Hall, 1864-1870;  W. B. Crenshaw, 1870-1878;  John L. Scott, 1878-1886;  H. Davidson, 1886.

Trustees:  William D. Fields, 1842-1848;  J.C. Martin, 1848-1850;  Constantine Brause, 1850-1853;  Julian F. Scott, 1853-1854;  Albert Hurt, 1854-1860;  Jesse Stonecipher, 1860-1866;  John McCartt, 1866-1868;  M. Lyons, 1868-1872;  John Shannon, 1872-1874;  William Howard, 1874-1880;  John D. Kreis, 1880-1886;  M.B. McCartt, 1886.


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