L to R-   Nell, Melton,(Buster) Rose,
Mary, Eva Johnson and Helen.
      Melton was born 3/1878 in Scott Co. TN  died 12/28/1953.
Melton Joseph is the son of Edmond Harvey and
Nancy Ann Voils Walker
Eva Johnson Walker born 7/16/1896,  died 3/1928.Photo taken in 1919
b. 3-28-1878 – d. 12-28-1953son of
Edmond Harvey Walker
Nancy Ann Voiles “Vine”Burial: Piney Cemetery
Oakdale, TN
b. July 16, 1896 – d. March 21, 1928Daughter of
John Buster Johnson
Lillian ForresterBurial: Piney Cemetery
Oakdale, TN

John Buster Johnson
B-1/14/1870 D-1/18/1957.
Father: Allen Johnson, Mother: Evalena.
Lillian Josephine Forrester
B-12/4/1874 –  D-7/10/1960
Father: John Forrester
Mother:  Elizabeth Gibson Bullard
Parents of Eva Walker


Mary Irene Walker
Born:12/3/ 1915
Burial: Piney Cemetery Oakdale, TN
Otto Barnes.
Taken in  Summer of 1933


Jimmy Walker
Jane Walker
Bonnie Walker
The children of Milton and Eva Walker.

Taken Oakdale, TN


born Oct. 3, 1919, passed away Sept. 2, 2000, in San Pablo, California. She was 80 years old and a native of Oakdale,TN.  She was the wife of the late Marshall William Underwood, born April 16, 1913 and died Jan 28, 1976, also of Oakdale, TN.  She is survived by son Larry Dean Underwood of Texas; daughters Barbara Marie Ayscue of North Carolina and Shirley Ann Roberts of California; sisters, Rose Barnes and Helen Dunaway of Tennessee,and Janalena McFarlane of Illinois and Bonnie Cline of Florida; brothers, Ernest Walker of Indiana and the late Alva and Jimmy Walker of TN. She had 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great- grandchildren.  Wanda was laid to rest in Rolling Hillls Memorial Park Richmond, California, Sept. 7, 2000.

Submitted by her daughter: Shirley Ann Roberts


Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
ROCKFORD-Helen Lena Walker Duaway, 83, of Rockford IL, died at 11:09 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, 2002,
in Swedish American Hospital. Born: Feb. 7, 1918, in Oakdale, TN, daughter of Milton J. and Eva Johnson
Walker. Rockford resident for 50 years, coming here from TN. Married: Eugene Dunaway on Jan. 11, 1952, in Georgia. She retired from OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Feb. 1991. Helen was baptized into the
Seventh Day Adventist Church on Feb. 7, 1948. Survivours include children: Wade Irene Vasquez, Mary Jane (Richard) Barker, both of Rockford., Dwight (Kathy)Dunaway of Roswell, NM, Sherry (Jim) Kolthoff of Rockford, Janice (Don) Watts, Berona (Ken Dodge, Ronald Dunaway, and Conrad (Linda) Dunaway; 30 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husband, Eugene; daughter Roslinda Farrish; and sons, Eugene Jr. and Lon Dunaway.

Services at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, in Fred C. Olson Funeral Chapels Ltd., East Chapel, 1001 Second
Ave., with Pastor Carlos Pena of Belvidere Seventh Day Advantist Church officiating. Burial: in Scandinavian
Cemetery. Visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the East Chapel. Memorials to: Seventh Day
Adventist Church, 230 Van Buren St., Belvidere, IL 61008. 1-29-2002. [Rockford Register Star]

Courtesy of Judith Pitcock

John Buster Johnson
1870 ~ 1957
son of
William Allen Johnson & Evalene Lamance
b: in Alabama


Lillian {Lillie} Josephine Forrester
1874 ~ 1960
daughter of
Rev. John Forrester & Elizabeth Gibson Bullard

Married in 1889

Burial in Piney Cemetery, Oakdale, TN


Courtesy of Katherine Webb -Great-Granddaughter of John and Lillie Johnson

1. unknown
2. Elizabeth Gibson Bullard Forrester: wife of Benjamin Bullard and John B. Forrester
3 John Johnson-son of Lillian Forrester Johnson
4 Marietta Forrester Douglas-m- Thomas Douglas
5. Beatrice Douglas-m- Robert L. Pickle in Knoxville TN.
6. Jennie Jane Bullard -m- James Allen Ferguson-in Knowville, TN
7 Matthew Forrester
8 Lucy Wyatt wife of Matthew
9. Unknown
10 A. D. “Pete” Forrester
11. Unknown
12 Unknown
13 Unknown

Courtesy of Judith Pitcock



Jan. 1921  

Supt. JUSTUS had this week, the announcement of the marriage of Supt. B. F. EVANS of Coalfield Schools to Miss NELSON of Clinton.

Jan. 14, 1921:
Mrs. Edward FREELS has moved to our town for the purpose of sending his children to school.

F. T. Saffell, tax assessor of Lancing, was in town Thursday on business.


February, 1921

William Riley Kesterson to Etta Jones
John A. Queen to Anna Mae McCarty
William W. Walls to Anna Babs

March, 1921
George Galloway to Mollie Hurtt
Geo. H. Smith to Margaret Silvey
Theodore Wilkerson to Lela Pjeaux
Herbert Stonecipher to Lucy McAlhaney

April, 1921
Wiley Potter to Martha Honeycutt
D. H. Langley to Margaret Ellen Stewart
Thomas Landrum to Mary Webb
H. W. Irvine (Col.) to Celia Westfield (Col)
Noble Young to Lola Pitman
Egnotes Susak to Kataszyna Pelc
Calvin Human to Emily Sexton
Lonnie Gunter to Minnie Fairchilds
Wm. Estel Underwood to Lillie Mae Stringfield
Doff Coffmann to Gladys Whitley
Corell Hull to Charlotte Morton
Robert Cross to Mamie Armes
May 1921
Vanus Davis to Z. Annwood Bertram
Thomas Woody to Mrs. Ellen Jones
Warren Caplinger to Vada West
June, 1921
Dewey McCartt to Sylvania Griffith
Teddy West to Emma Bunch
Lewis Winnie to Lillie Holder
Thomas Johnson to Willie May Sharp
Garvin C. Bradley to Martha B. Armes
Dan G. Henshaw to Violet G. Easily
Thurman Jones to Beatrice Graham
July, 1921
Irl Howard & Lula Alley
R.P. Human & Ida Mae Ballinger
September, 1921
Sam McAllister to Martha Smith
Clyde Armes to Ruth McElhandy
Porter Ooten to Doris Phillips
Joe Taylor to Emeline Wright
S.K. McCarty to Della Kindrick

Eulis Martin to Laura Checks
Oral W. Statzer to Mary E. Brown
Beecher Ward to Ora Adkisson
Robt. Howard to Dora Branstetter
Harry N. England to Isadora Krupa
William Ethelbert Kennedy to Mary Bernice Adams
Alva Ashley to Mollie Adams
October, 1921
Tom Jones, (Col) to Opal Crawford, (Col)
Wm. Beaty to Lottie Scott
Claude Toney to Nannie Rayburn
Earl Barton & Amy Garrett

Oct. 1921

Walter Krupa vs Josie Krupa
Lottie Scott Strand vs. Peter Strand
Louisa Howard vs Blaine Howard
December, 1921
Samuel B. McCoy to Madge E. Parham
Sudley Griffith to Charity Sexton
Mitchell Armes to Macell Bunch
Clayton Smith to Minnie Blake
Mack C. Robbins to Isabell White
Leonard Lawson to Jessie Cecil
Ramey Daughtery to Francis Patterson
Alfred Strand to Blanche Lyons

The Marriage of Mr. S.T. HENDRICKSON and Miss Josephine Bright JOYNER was solemnized at
the Christian Church parsonage on December 2, 1921 by the pastor. Rev. Broome.

Caywood PEMBERTON and Robbie BERTRAM were quietly married at the home of Judge Jno. A.
Jones on Sunday April 17th.Miss Bertram is the daughter of Prof. and Mrs. S.A. Bertram of Sunbright.

Charlotte MORTON and Correll HULL of Burrville, were married at the home of F. D. HULL at Burrville, Saturday, April 23rd.  Miss Morton is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. MORTON of Harriman and is one of Morgan Counties best primary teachers.  Mr. Hull is the son of A. Y Hull of Rugby and is an over sea soldier in the aviation department.

Miss Annwood BERTRAM and Vanus DAVIS were married at Coalfield, April 23, 1920.  Miss Bertram is
the daughter of Professor and Mrs. S. A. Bertram of Sunbright.  Mr. Davis is the son of Mr. and Mrs.Henry Davis of Coalfield.  Mrs. P. R. Estes left Sunday, for Somerset, Ky., where she is going to take a treatment from the Indian Doctor for appendicitis.
Miss FAIRCHILDS of Oakdale and Lonnie R. GUNTER of Burrville were married at the home of
the bride’s parents on April 13, 1920.  The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D. G. GUNTER of Burrville.
The bride is the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. FAIRCHILDS of Oakdale.
Mr. E. S. DAVIS and Miss Florence JONES were united in Marriage on Tuesday, May 10th, 1921, at
the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Ben JONES near Petros.
Reports reach us that Miss Carrie GALLOWAY was married on the 24th of May in Birmingham, Ala. Miss
Carrie will be remembered as the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. S.A. Galloway of Burrville. (ed note-husband’s name not given)

Born to Mr. and Mrs. A. B.LONG on Tuesday, March 29th. a fine boy.
Born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. POLLARD, on the 13th, a fine girl, names, Mary Ina.
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lyons, 9/23/1921, a boy

The PRESS has just been informed that the Sheriff has succeeded in arresting three parties accused of
boot-leggin and placed them under bond for the next term of court.

Supt. C.C. JUSTUS is now in his 26th year as head or managing teacher of high schools.’

F. T. SAFFELL, tax accessor of Lancing, was in town Thursday on business. Messrs. H. M. HUDSON, Wm. RUFFNER, H. P. LAKIN and Wm. PETERS left Sunday for New River, where they have taken a contact to build houses for the Fork Mountain Coal Company.

All ex-service men who desire free dental work, write to the U. S. Public Health Service, 195 Peachtree St.,
Atlanta, Fa, for forms and fill out same, in order to have this work done at once. * S. T. CARR,  Dental examiner, U.S.P.H.S,  Oakdale, Tenn.
Dr. Sam T. CARR, the dentist at Oakdale, has an article in the weeks issue concerning our good “Uncle
Samuel’s proposition to have good “store” teeth put in at the expense of the government, and any ex-service man who does not take advantage of this proposition is a big “chump,” and should continue to “gum it.”
Rupert SCOTT  is confined to his house with a case of pneumonia.

Matin GORDON, Ben GARRETT, Mack GUFFEY and other old timers in the Weideman organization, have all resigned their jobs.
Capt. S.T. KIMBELL, a prominent land owner in Morgan and Knox Counties, has just concluded the purchase of the well-known SHOEBERT Farm on the Clinch River near Scarboro from S.J. and J.E. Shoebert.

Mr. James MOSIER of Sunbright, is putting out 40,000 strawberry plants this spring.  Jim is doing the wise thing as this is the best paying crop for Morgan Co.

It is reported that Mrs. LINDSAY of Mill Creek, a very old lady, is very ill and is not expected to recover.  She is the wife of S. W. Lindsay.
Robert FAIRCHILDS sustained a very serious accident while working for the Trio Coal Co. A
dynamite cap exploded and he received three bad cuts in his face from pieces of the cap.  Dr. JONES attended him, dressing his wounds.
 March, 1921  Mr. A.B. LONG and family bought them a fine home beyond Wartburg and moved to it last week.
Mr. Theo P. KUEGLE happened to bad luck Sunday, as he was returning to Gobey from Wartburg. His car caught fire and burned up.

Mrs. Sam HALL and children who have been visiting relatives on Flat Fork, have returned home.

Mr. and Mrs. HOBERT Jestes and Mr. and Mrs Luke EDMONDS of Coalfield left Sunday for Blue Diamond, Ky., where they will make their future home.

Union Grove

Little Annabel COX is very sick this writing

Mrs. Gertie JARRETT and Miss Nona SMITH of Burrville were calling on Mrs. Ben PHILLIPS Sunday Evening.

Mr. and Mrs. L. D. NEEDHAM have moved in the wilderness.

The farmers of this community are very busy farming The work on the fruit farm is progressing nicely.

We take pride in commending our Sheriff, John L. SCOTT for his untiring efforts to put the moonshiners and bootleggers out of business, in fact, all law breakers.  (week of 3/18/1921)
Circuit Court is still in session.  Many cases have been disposed of, notable among them, is the case of Mrs. Wm. Angel, administratix vs C.N.O.& T.P. Ry. It will be remembered that Mr. Angel was killed in February 1918 just below 18 tunnel by passenger train No. 5.  The jury gave verdict against the railroad company for $8,000.
APRIL, 1921
The County Court met in regular session Monday, April 4th. The contract for th erection of the concrete bridge at Oakdale was awarded to Bryant and Long.
Lost between Gobey and Pilot Mountain, on April 11th, 32 dollars”1 twenty dollar bill: 1 ten dollar bill:
and 2 one dollar bills. If anyone has found this money, I will give them $10 to bring me $22.  I would appreciate
it very much. Frank HUMAN, Glen Mary, Tenn.
The hoodlums that broke down some of the shade trees on the school campus did other destructive things
should be apprehended and punished to the full extent of the law.  Such vandalism should not be winked at
by the people of Wartburg. The good people of Wartburg should run down the culprits and land them
in jail where they belong.
May, 1921
Just below the stock pens at Sunbright, a north bound freight running at high speed ran its nose into
the local freight which was crossing from the South track to the North track, completely demolishing the
caboose and four freight cars loaded with lumber, lime and cement, tobacco, candy, rice, cowpeas and other
items.  Engineer Walter CAMPBELL of the thru freight received a cut under the right eye and a bruised knee and a fireman received a few painful burns.
June 1921
Robert FAIRCHILDS was calling on Miss Edith JOHNSON, Saturday night and Sunday.
Dordell Hamby was calling on Miss Maude HUMAN, Saturday and Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will McCOWAN of White Oak were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Frazier STRINGFIELD, Saturday and Sunday.

On Sunday, June 5th, Mr. James GREER kindly motored over from Burrville to Rugby, a truck load of
ladies belonging to the Rebecca Lodge, who brought a surprise dinner party to one of their members, Mrs.
Jane PETERS, who is nursing her invalid brother,Mr. Andrew YOUNG and whose birthday it was.

Swimming and fishing parties are the vogue these hot days. Alas! there are some people who wish to ruin
the fishing sport, let alone break the game laws.  A party from another part of the county, camped on
Clear Fork last Friday night, and fired 27 volleys of dynamite to kill the fish.We hope the game warden will apprehend them.
CHRISTMAS AND WILSON CAUGHT – Near the Emory Bridge on the road to Kingston, Near Harriman, WILSON and CHRISTMAS were caught. It was known that these murderers were in the vicinity of Oakdale and Harriman. Officers watched them closely and were able to capture them.  Wilson proved to be Otto STEPHENS. Prisoners were taken to Knox County jail for safe keeping.
July, 1921
The County Court elected the Board of Education on Tuesday,
July 12, 1921. Composed of the following men: John M. DAVIS, R. A. CROSS, James McGLOTHIN, A. D. WILLIAMS, John B. YORK, N. L. DUNCAN and Thomas ADAMS.
Mrs. Noah POTTER was called here from Sunbright last week on account of her mother, Mrs. Martin NORRIS being very ill.

Willie H. SUMMERS is home from Hazard, Ky.

Mrs. Mitchell LITTON and two sons left for Oneida Monday, where they will make their home during the school term there. Mr. Litton will continue to work here for awhile yet.

John A. Jones, County Judge
J. L. Scott, Sheriff
G. H. Buxton, Trustee
S.H. Jestes, County Court Clerk
Chas. W. Summer, Circuit Court Clerk
R.A. Davis, Clerk and Master
W.B. Crenshaw, Register
F. H. Saffell, Tax Assessor
P.W. Holder, Coroner
N. B. Melton, County Surveyor
A. B. Peters, County Superintendent
The Ladies Church Working Society will hold their annual Bazaar, Saturday Evening, August 20th, and
feel they have a more attractive display of fancy work and useful articles than ever to offer their friends and patrons.

JENNIE BATES WILEY died at the home of her son. C. D. Wiley, Jan. 21, 1921. Born in Orleans,
Michigan, March 1, 1853.  Married, Taylor Wiley, in 1869. Children: C.D. Wiley and Mrs. Ida Walsh.
W. C. ALLEY, Oakdale, died Jan 26, 1921. Survivors: widow, Louise Alley; children, Johu and
Lee and Mrs. John Robbins. Burial in Crab Orchard Cem.
Mrs. JAMES M. GOLDSTON, died Jan. 1921. She leaves husband and 3 small children She was the
oldest daughter of Mrs. John Blake. Burial in Crab Orchard Cemetery
REV HENRY A. McCARTT,  died Jan. 28, 1921 at the home of his brother-in-law, A. V. Byrd. Survived by wife, two daughters and two sons. Burial in Wartburg Cemetery. Served in Civil War in several battles and was captured and placed in Bells Island and came near to starving to death, but God saved him threw starvation and he came out and was a faithful soldier for Jesus up to his death.
DEBBY SMITH, born, Dec. 8, 1880, died Feb. 11, 1921. Burial in Byrd Cem. next to daughter who died
Oct. 14, 1919.
MARTHA LINDSAY, died, March 15, 1921. Leaves husband and 10 children. Burial in Mill Creek Cem.
Mr. JOHN JONES, died at his home last Thursday night after a long and serious illness.  His remains
were carried to his old home at Jonesville, where he was laid to rest.  He left a wife, five brothers and one sister to mourn his loss among who is Robert Jones, a prominent lawyer of Knoxville.  (March 1921)
*IN MEMORY:  LOUISA SCHUBERT who died March 8th, 1915.
RICHARD NORMAN died at the home of John Edmond. Leaves wife, seven daughters and three sons. Burial in Jestes Cemetery.  March 1921
WILLIAM DUDLEY JONES, (Uncle Dud), passed away, March 22, 1921 in Wartburg, Tenn., at the home of Mrs. Julia Brown, his step-daughter.  He was born February 19, 1845 in Roane County, Tenn., but had lived practically all his life in Morgan County.  He was 76 years, 1 month and 3 days old at his death. He was married to Mrs. Margaret Garrett, whose maiden name was Cromwell.  One child only, a daughter, blessed this marriage. His wife and daughter preceded him to the grave.  He leaves one brother, and two sisters to mourn his death. He was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in the Union Army , August, 1861. He served three years in the Army, participating
in the battles of Fishing Creek, Kentucky, Stones River, Tennessee and  various other battles fought under General Sherman in the State of Georgia. He was laid to rest in the Wartburg Cemetery.  Another cherish veteran of that glorious, fast receding army, which fought and bled and died to preserve our union, has passed away.  It is hard to realize that our father, brother, uncle and friend is dead.  We know that our tears cannot recall him from his grave.  We can only hope and remember__hope that he was right with his God before he died; and we have reason to believe he was right with his maker.Heed the warning he gave us just before he passed into the great beyond, “Do not live the life that I have lived.”  Signed: RUFUS JONES
and Mrs. Mark BALLINGER was called away. He was born February 10, 1921 and died May 19, 1921. He was 3 months, and 9 days old.  We know where he is, (at rest). “We Love you, yes we love you, But
Jesus loved you more. He has sweetly called you to Yonders Shining shore, Golden Gates were opened and A gentle voice said come, And with farewells unspoken Jr. calmy entered home.

A large crowd from this place, (Mill Creek) attended the funeral, Sunday of Harlan LINDSAY, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Lindsay, who was accidentally shot and killed, Saturday, May 21.

JAMES W. ENGLAND, died, Mary 22, 1921.  Born near Melrose, Tn, on Emory River, Feb 11, 1888.
Parents, W.T. and Rebecca England. Married, Alice Summer, in 1912. leaves five sisters, one brother; children: Edith Galloway, Parthina Summer, Mrs. H.W. Summer, Mrs. Volena Hendren, Mrs. Josie Powell, and Mr. D. A. England.

HOBERT UNDERWOOD, killed by train near Annadel. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Tom Underwood. (6/3/1921)

KILLING AT OAKDALE  – Finley MELTON was instantly killed, Sunday, about 4:00 o;’clock near Oakdale, seemingly for no other reason than in an argument over the Holly roller religion. It seems he and his father-in-law were discussing the holly roller religion and Melton took sides against him. and Melton’s sister-in-law, Mrs.
BROONE, became very much wrought up over the stand Melton had taken in the argument, she grabbed a
pistol and stepping between her father and Melton, aimed the pistol direct at Melton and when the pistol fired Melton fell dead. After the killing, Mrs. Broone claims she did not intend to shoot, that she only meant to bluff him. It is evident he pistol fired and Melton is dead.  Her story does not seem to have much color to it. Finley was a son of Field Melton of Lancing.  He was married and had three children.(6/10/1921)
About midnight Saturday night, HOBERT UNDERWOOD, was killed by a freight train near Annadel. Details of his death is lacking.  It appears from reports, however, that the young man was asleep on the track when the train struck him.  He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Tom UNDERWOOD who live between Sunbright and Deer Lodge.  Reports are that boot-leg whiskey is at the back of it.  The person who made and sold the whiskey is
responsible for young Underwood’s death.
Mrs. ANNA TINDELL died. A niece of Mrs. Wm. BULLARD, Mrs. F. D. HULL, and Mrs. Jack JOHNSON and granddaughter of the late Walker PAUL. Burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.  (6/1921)
AUGUST MILLER, passed away suddenly at his home in Sunbright on Thursday, July 14, 1921, at 3:00
PM.  Cause of death was apoplexy.  He was born in Pommerania, Germany, August 10, 1852.  He was
united in marriage to Anna Pagel WALLANER on Jan 28, 1878. To this union were born three children. He
is survived by his widow, one son, Otto MILLER of Goodhue, Minn., two daughters, Mrs. J. W. SCHROEDER of Zumbrota, Minn., and Mrs. S. H. JONES of Sunbright, Tenn; also one stepdaughter, Mrs. Lena RAMHARTER of Milbank. S.D. and two step sons; Ferdinand and John WALLANER of Minn., also one brother, Fred MILLER of Chicago and one sister Mrs. Wm. ELLINGHOUSEN of Deer Lodge, Tenn and fifteen grandchildren.Rev. O. E. FEUCHT of Wartburg, conducted the funeral services.Remains were laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Deer Lodge.
Infant daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Wm. CROMWELL died August 19, 1921.
PRIVATE JOE NANCE, born in Somerset, Ky., Aug. 14, 1886. Killed in action in battle of St. Miheil, Sept, 12, 1918. First burial in Flanders Field and the removed and entered in Lancing Cemetery, Aug. 2, 1921. Leaves father, W. B. NANCE, step-mother, five brothers and five sisters.
MARY ANDERSON MOODY, died Aug. 24, 1921. Wife of Marion Moody of Flint, Michigan.Leaves husband,  three sons, youngest is 3 months old. Burial in Mt., Hope Cemetery, Deer Lodge.
Mrs. JOHN L. SCOTT, widow of the late John L. Scott, Sr., died Sept 9, 1921.. She was 87 yrs old.Surviving: daughters, Mrs. G. A. SLEICHER, Mrs. L.S. LAND, and Mrs. R. B. DELIUS; sons, R.J. and W.J. SCOTT. Burial in Wartburg Cemetery.
BYRGE O. SCOTT, died Oct 24, 1921 age 32 years, 5 months and 4 days old at the home of his grandfather, Dr. NASH, in Roane Co. Born May 24, 1889. Leaves a wife and two little girls; three brothers, three sisters and a mother.  Burial in Mt. Hope Cem. Deer Lodge.
MAUDE ZUMSTEIN, died Oct, 27, 1921. Born in Cumberland Co near Daysville. Married 12/25/1915 to Jake ZUMSTEIN at Williamsburg, Ky. Leaves husband, daughter, Violet Marie age 4 yrs old.
Also, four sisters and two brothers.. —–
MARY E. EDWARDS,  died Nov. 11.1921. Born May 22, 1856.. Married Jame  H. EDWARDS, Nov 25, 1876, who died Nov. 25, 1876. Children: six boys and two girls. Burial in May Cemetery.
JUDGE WRIGHT KILLED – Judge Will D. Wright of Knoxville and wife were run down by an automobile Tuesday night and Judge Wright was fatally injured.  Mrs. WRIGHT is seriously injured but not fatally.  Judge Wright was
born on Wolf River , July  31, 1864.  His father was a traveling Methodist preacher, the Rev. A. B.
ELDA H. McKEETHAN, died Nov. 27, 1921. age 78 years, 8 months and 25 days. Born in Columbus
Co. N.C., Feb. 15, 1843. Married Annie Staples, April 9, 1867. Children 7 boys and 4 girls. JARRETT died at his home near Burrville, December 22, and his remains were laid to rest in the Burrville Cemetery. He leaves a wife and one daughter two brothers and two sisters to mourn their loss.
YORK:Henry Mitchel”, [Heurl] –was born Feb. 24th, 1837 and died Dec. 26th, 1920. He was one of the thirteen children of Jesse and Linda YORK. He was married to Nancy Jane GALLOWAY (York)”, Oct. 6th, 1859. To their union was born seven children, four boys and three girls. The two oldest girls and youngest boy have long since gone to Heaven. He leaves his wife, three sons, John and James [only the names of 2 sons are shown] and his youngest daughter, Mrs. Solone, to mourn their loss. He professed faith in Christ soon after the civil war, in a revival held by the Rev. A. B. WRIGHT”. He joined the M. E. Church and lived faithful until the Lord said it is enough and sent the Death Angel to call him to Heaven. Brother YORK would lead public prayer when called on. He was a quiet man, but a good one. He had his troubles. The Death Angel visited his home and called his children away. He had one of his legs amputated some twelve years ago, and about eight years ago his home was burned, but in all this, he, like Job of old, still held on to his integrity. We invoke the blessings of God upon his companion and children, trusting that they, like he, in the end of the journey of life shall be able to say, I am ready to go. [Written by H. A. GAMBLE] [Morgan County Press, 1/14/1921, Vol. 2, No. 47]
PILOT MOUNTAIN   The people of this community are so sorry to hear about the death of Mr. Gilbert
YOUNG’s Pet Polecat.  We are all so sorry we could not attend the funeral.  Mr Young prays that he may be ready to meet brother Pole Cat in Heaven and it can be easily done by obeying God’s Command.

Brother OSBORN and ye writer attended the funeral of old sister WRIGHT last Saturday.  She was laid to rest in the cemetery at Mays beside her husband.  She leaves six children and a host of grand-children and great-grandchildren.  She died in full triumph of  a living faith. (week of 2/11/1921)

ABEL GARBER, Sunbright, died on Dec. 23, 1921. He was in his 90th year. Mr. Garber came to Sunbright from Ohio about 40 years previous.

MRS. P. C. BABCOCK, Burrville, died Dec. 27, 1921.  She was the widow of Arlow Babcock.  They were originally from the State of New York and had moved to this county about 40 years ago.  She leaves a son, M.B. Babcock of Calif. and a daughter, Mrs. Chas Lyon of New York State.  Burial in Mr. Vernon Cemetery.

CHAS. B. FREELS, died Nov. 29, 1921.  He was born Feb. 22, 1896.  He served with honor in the World War, was wounded and gassed not long before the war closed. Survived by parents, Mr.s & Mrs. R. Freels, sisters, Mrs. W.H. Sumner, Mrs. H.A. Gamble, and Miss Nellie Freels; four brothers, Hubert, Ernest, Guy and Sam Freels.  One brother and sister preceded him. The pallbearers were his soldier comrades of Sunbright, namely, Clarence Scott, Kenneth Johnson, Mr. Parrott, Jim McKeethan, Joe Mosier, and Sam McCoy.  He was laid to rest in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Notice to all persons owing William Austin SMITH, deceased, of Deer Lodge, Tenn., to come forward and
pay John WARD of Deer Lodge, at his home, and to all persons who having claims against the deceased to
come forward and put their claims in my hands for settlement according to the Will of the deceased.

JOHN WARD Administrator

 News Clips – 1919

The press will be thankful for items for this department, either by telephone, mail or in person.  Telephone No. 24.

Mr. T. WEIDEMAN expects to leave for Hot Springs, Ark., after the fair to take the baths there.

Edison MELTON has been discharged from the Army and has returned home.

Married:  Walter THORNTON and Dora BARDILL, Feb 28, 1919

Mail contractor, M. M. GOAD has his “Tin Lizzie” out of commission and Arlow RYON is carrying the mail.

Marriage Licenses issued

Week of March 7, 1919
Luther Wheeler to Fanny Belle Hickman
James Massengale to Corda Price
Fred Lehman to Lena McGuffey
Walter Thornton to Malinda Stringfield

Week of March 21, 1919
Fred Headrick to Emma Langley
John G. Fletcher and Ella Frogge were married March 8, 1919

Week of March 26
James Bunch to Nancy Daughtery
Lawrence Howard to Bell Hawn
Daniel Choates to Amanda Griffin

Week of April 18, 1919
John Lester to Bertha Holloway

Week of April 19, 1919
Edward H. Jackson to Edith Hudson
Charles Monday to Versie Reynolds
Hansford Brewer top Dora Armes
Samuel Armes to Bertha Shields

Week of May 23, 1919
James McKeethan to Mattie Grant
Arthur Barnett to Ocie Ooten
Tom Hardie Stringer to Albertie Willis

Week of May 31, 1919
John Phillips to Clara Griffith
Oliver K. Shannon to Ida May Davidson
J. M. Lambrith to Maxie Ried
Vannie Henry to Mandie Hawn

* * * WEDDING * * *
And it came to pass in the reign of Woodrow the First, that Oliver of the tribe of Shannon of the Village of Sunbright said unto his mother, ‘I pray thee allow me to go the village of Burrville and choose a wife among the
daughters of the tribe of Davidson.’   And his mother said, ‘My son, as thy heart desires and as thy soul longeth, go and choose a daughter of the tribe of Davidson, and may the Lord be with thee.’And it came to pass that Oliver rose up and came to the house of William of the tribe of Davidson, and said, ‘I pray thee let me take to myself
Ida, of you household to wife.  And William replied, ‘as thy soul longeth so be it unto thee.’  And it came to pass that they were married and lived happy ever after.  [Morgan County Press dated June 6, 1919]
Marriage Licenses  July 1919
Arthur Martin to Edith Jester
Hobart McCartt to Mary Ethel Hall
Luther Edmond to Laura Jestes
M. V. Jackson to Phenia N. Galloway

Week of July 12, 1919
Will C. Liles to Lizzie Hudson
Carl Blankenship to Eula Kesterson
Luther Hall to Amanda Melton
one listed as “don’t publish”

Week of July 25, 1919

Floyd Cole to Ruth Murry
Charles Barger to Rosa Owens
Week of August 1, 1919
Horation Shaver to Myrtle Owens

Week of August 8, 1919

William H. Shoemaker to Cynthia Dahuff, (Married Aug. 7, 1919)
Luther Barnes to Kate Johnson
Joseph Cooper to Mary L. Honeycutt
Arthur Sampsel to Mary Jackson

Week of August 15, 1919
Chas. E. Trew to Elsie Phillips

Week of August 22, 1919
Fred Ehme to Flora Carler

Emerich OOLAH who has been working in Cleveland, Ohio, died suddenly of the flu last week in that city. His wife and children left Saturday to attend the funeral.

Geo. OLSON, a first class private in the U. S. Army is home on a furlough from France, proudly wearing two gold chevrons, indicating 12 months of over seas service.

SITTING EGGS, from purebred S. C. Rhode Island Reds, $1.25 per sitting of 15.  N. Jacks, Lancing, Rt. 1.

Sheriff  SCOTT handed in several booze fighters, Friday.  Our sheriff is trying to do his duty.
Mr. HAMBY of Glen Mary, who is Deputy United States Marshal brought in an old copper tank  Friday, which had been used for making Wild Cat whiskey.. Mr Hamby has destroyed five stills in the past two weeks.  Most of these stills which he destroyed were located in Scott County.  From the signs there seems to be a splendid chance to destroy several stills in Morgan County.  We are hoping  that Mr. Hamby will locate in Morgan County.
Thorwald STRAND has purchased lots from Mrs. Fred PHILLIPS, on which he is building a fine residence.

Mack GUFFEY has moved over to the Geo. HOWARD farm.
It is reported that Sgt. Alvin C. York, the hero of the World War is to be married, June 7, 1919, at the picnic to be given in his honor at the Old Camp Ground.  Gov. A. H. Roberts will officiate.


Royal Flour  $1.40 per bag
Pink Beans 9 ½ ¢ per lb 
One lot mixed beans 7 ¢ per lb
Granulated Sugar 10½ ¢ per lb
Extra Evaporated Peaches 14 ¢ per lb. 
Best Burning Oil 15 ¢ per gal


Cordell Hull of Dayton, Ohio, was calling on Miss Charlotte Morton.

Most all the farmers are done planting corn here
Mrs. G. M. York and daughter, Edith were in Rockwood last week.

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Dunkleburg of Rugby Road visited here Sunday.

Misses Mae Blair of Allardt and Rebecca Galloway  of Sunbright visited Mr. J. C. Hicks last week.


Mrs. S. N. Hutcherson and little daughter, Lena, of Oakdale were the guests of her Parents, Mr. & Mrs. James McCartt, Sunday.

Mrs. James England of this place was called to Lancing Friday morning by the very serious illness of her husband, who was clerking in the store for Mr. A. P. Brown.  They took him to Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Knoxville.
Work on the pike between Sunbright and Deer Lodge is moving along nicely.

Mr. Ruben Hurtt of Huffman Switch is moving into Mr. B. H. Humans house back of the Grist mill.

Jesse Davis is improving after a long sick spell of Typhoid fever.

The funeral of  Eli Mays  wife was preached at the same time of the Memorial Day services at Prospect.

W. A. Cooper made this office a call Saturday.

J. S. Smith celebrated is 77 anniversary last Sunday. Guests were Dr. & Mrs. Easley, Rev. T. V. Peters of Harriman, and Mr. & Mrs. Nitzschke.

Mr. & Mrs. H. V. Easley went to Athens, Tn., last Sunday to see their daughter Violet,  receive her high school diploma.

Ben Jacks of Cincinnati, spent a few days with home folks.

Mr. Claud Goldston and Henry Taylor of Oakdale and Arlo Ryon of Deer Lodge were calling on the Galloway sisters, Catherine, Lillie and Charlene on Sunday.

Mr. Hurshul Peters has returned from France “Looking Good”.

Miss Margaret Morgan and Geo. F. Galloway were the dinner guests of Mr. & Mrs. O. K. Shannon.



Born to Mr. & Mrs. Joe Freels on March 17th, a fine boy.

Mrs. Martha Lindsay died at her home, Tuesday night, March 15.  She leaves her husband and ten children to mourn her loss. Her remains were laid to rest in Mill Creek Cemetery.

Sept. 19, 1919
When the Knoxville mob broke down the jail doors it released one prisoner against his will.  He was due to serve eighteen days, and didn’t want to get in trouble by leaving, but the mob told him to get out or they would kill him.  He got out!
Shoe manufacturers say the price will not go higher but 1920 should see a decline.  A fine feat!!

More Marriage Licenses issued

Week of September 5, 1919

Felix Melton to Nellie Jestes
Bert Shoat to Nellie Hayden
Walter Best to Vada Adams
Week of September 12, 1919
Nathan Robbins to Myrtle Neeley
Joe Sexton to Lillie Smith
Chas. Poston to Sarah Wilson
Chas. Daniel to Julia Dunn

Week of September 20, 1919
Jopnes Davis to Flora Dyer
C. B. Hawn to Maggie M. Davis
Earl Freels to Nellie Langley
Wm. A. Coffman to Oma A. Watson

Week of October 3, 1919
Lee Walker to Marie Fletcher
Lee Morgan to Ida Taylor
Wesley Brannon to Charlene Barns

Week of October 10, 1919
Alex Smith to Mary Byrd
Carl Gunter to Amy Garrett
Floid T. Wheeler to Francis M. Bradley
Robt. Roddy to Grace Jack

Week of November 14, 1919
Willie R. McDaniel to Bessie Summer

Week of December 4, 1919
A very quiet and simple wedding took place on December 4th at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Owen.
Miss Nina Owen and Mr. Oliver Galloway were united in marriage by Rev. John Peters.

Week of December 12, 1919
Miss Anna Heidle & Mr. Walter Bardill were married at the Lutheran Church. Attendants were Misses, Marie Heidle & Edith Bardill, Otto Schubert and Ed Heidle. Mr. Bardill has recently returned from oversear where he served in the 3rd division.

Walter J. Bardill to Anna H. Heidle
Rupert W. McCurley to Ollie F. Cecil
Miss Adkins and Munsom Heover got married last Sunday.
Week of December 13, 1919
Mr. Asmer Kenneth Johnson of Sunbright, and Miss Geneva Batson Crumley of Covington, Ky., were married December 13, 1919 at the home of the bride in Ky.
The Y. W. C. A. assisted 3,600 war brides in coming to the United States from Europe, and, as is known, only one of these brides went back. The war brides stuck! Their husbands, while on duty in France, offered them a home in America, whenever they got back, and we feel sure that most all of them will make good wives. It takes some grit and love to make a wife leave her own native land for a strange county she has never seen, and only knows through her visiting husband

Six German Helmets will be assigned to Morgan County to be distributed as premiums as follows:
One Helmet to the man selling the greatest number of Liberty Bonds.
One Helmet to the woman selling the greatest number of Liberty Bonds.
One Helmet to the man selling the largest number of dollars worth of Liberty Bonds.
One Helmet to the lady selling the largest number of dollars worth of Liberty Bonds.
One Helmet to the boy selling the greatest number of Liberty Bonds.
One Helmet to the girl selling the greatest nuimber of Liberty Bonds.
Should the same party sell both the greatest number of Bonds and the largest number of dollars worth, the second Helmet will be awared to the party selling the second greatest number.
* * * * * *


Jesse Brewster – Rainbow Division  
Phillip Hall  
Dot Bird  
Theodore Basler  
Lawrence Joyner  
Jack Ramsey  
Arthur Duncan  
Roy Morgan  
Sgt. Walter Kries – 82nd Div  
Ed. C. Peters  
Roy Morgan  
Lt. Lester Davis  
Pvt. Hydle Brown  
Jones Davis  
Walter Human  
Joe Mosier  
Kenneth Johnson  
Henry Dundeberry  
Corp Asmer K. Johnson  
Clyde Neil 
Heidel Brown  
Harrison McCann  
Will Cromwell  
Hill Byrd – Old Hickory Div.  
Carl Kreis – 30th Div.  
Joe Summer – 30th Div.  
Carson Brown – Old Hickory Div.  
James McKeethan – Engineering Corp.  
Casper Norman  
Ernest Erickson- Old Hickory Div.  
Vernon Parrott – 30th Div.  
Oscar Human  
Walter E. Human  
Wilburn Hall  
Mark Hambright  
Everet Jones  
Carl Trew  
Dudley Holloway  
Harvey Bullard  
Fred Bullard 

Issued the week ending Sept 13, 1919

Charley McKinney to Lena Jordan
Mart Balinger to Delphia Kesterson
A. S. Terrel to Edith Clark

Recorded in the Register’s office for the week ending Sept 13th, 1919.

R. A. Davis C. & M. to J. C. Alley 1 lot 10th district $65.
R. A. Davis C. & M. to J. C. Alley, lots in Oakdale, $500.
J. C. Alley and wife to Mr. I. N. Williams, lots in Oakdale, $500.
L. Risedan and J. W. Hall to Mrs. I. N., Williams, 2 lots, 10th district, $200.

The ‘Pie Supper” for the benefit of the Library on Saturday night was a most enjoyable occasion. $59.75 was received for the Library case and books.

The shipment of books expected for over a week has arrived at Mr. Holder’s.

Chapel Tuesday was had under the management of the 7th grade. Friday the 6th grade will have charge.

SEPT. 23, 24, 25, AND 26, 1919.


October 31, 1919   The first week after losing our chief compositor our paper was a failure; last week we got a left-handed paper; next week we expect to get a cross-eyed paper, and the next a one-legged paper and the next a one ‘hand’ paper.  If you are not already a subscriber, you had better subscribe and keep up with all these startling things.  Only $1.00 a year.  It is worth more than that.

 Lea & Sirean Neil of Banner Springs are the proud parents of a bouncing nine pound baby boy.  He is  the name sake for his grandparents, William Neil and Shade Beatty. (May 23, 1919)

Rev & Mrs. Gamble of Sunbright are receiving congratulations on the birth of a daughter. (July 1919)

John E. Williams of Wheat, Tn., has bought a new Ford Car and is enjoying himself riding.  (July 1919)

Peter Strand of Deer Lodge, left for more fertile fields in the carpenter line, over in “Old Virginia.”

Chas H. Cromwell, who moved to Allart some months ago, is now moving back to Burrville. (April 1919)

John Owen and family spent Saturday and Sunday at Banner Springs.  (April 1919)

Mr. & Mrs. Martin Galloway formerly of Oakdale, are moving back to Sunbright. (March 21, 1919)

Mr. & Mrs. Vernon Beaty of near Banner Springs, lost their darling little baby Thrusday morning. (Dec, 5, 1919)


Brasel & Sons have placed in my hands for collection, their mercantile accounts.  All persons owing said firm, please call and settle and save cost.   T. A. Morris, Attorney

I wish to announce to my friends and customers that I am now in the mercantile business again. A list of a few of the things I have to offer:

Men’s Khaki pants $1.25 – better grade $2.00
Dress Shirts  90 cents
Pure Lard 35 cents
Hams  42 cents 
Dry Salt Extract 35 cents


To the Republicans of Morgan County
I hereby announce myself a candidate for the office of Sheriff, subject to the Republican Primary to be held  December 20, 1919. If elected, I shall endeavor to discharge the office in a business like manner and to perform my duty according to law and be governed by the processes that are put in my hands to the best of my ability.
I was born and raised in Morgan County and have always supported the Republican Party.  I am a poor man and need the office, and having made the race two years ago and was defeated, I feel now that I am entitled to the office this time.
W. M. Holder

January, 1917

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Williams are the proud parents of a fine baby girl which came to their home Sunday morning week

Ross Williams came in Sunday Morning from Island Ford for a couple days rest.

W. M. Shannon and Miss Lilie Duncan were married Wednesday afternoon at the residence of John A. Jones.

February, 1917

Mr. & Mrs. Earl Phillips were blessed with a nice baby girl for their Christmas Present.

John Holland blew into town a few days since, enroute to his headquarters at Banner Springs.

Dr. T. W. Nash married Conrad Nelson and Bessie Human Saturday at Sunbright. May all your troubles be little ones, Conrad!

Mr. & Mrs. Thorwald Strand started on an overland trip to Harriman Monday, but became stuck in the mud beyond Liberty Church and returned home sadder, but a good deal wiser.

Wartburg experienced four of the coldest days in the history of the oldest inhabitant. It culminated Sunday in a regular North Dakota blizzard and snowstorm.

One of the most destructive fires which has visited Sunbright for many years, occured last Friday evening.
The fire is supposed to have been caused by a defective flue.  The hotel was valued at some six thousand
dollars and was insured for $3,500.  The furniture loss was about $4,000, on which there was $2,000
insurance we were informed.  The second building burned was owned by Russ Freels and
was occupied by Mr. Saufley. The loss was complete as there was no insurance.

Mrs. John Estes, wife of Richard Estes, died at home in Coalfield on Monday morning of last week.

Many of the friends of Mrs. Geo Babcock, of Burrville,  met at her home with well filled
baskets and gave her a birthday surprise on February 10th.

Send us the price of a year’s subscription.  We need the money.

March, 1917 
We extend to Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Brown, our sympathy in the death of their son, Harry.
We knew him as one of the natures noble young men.

Mr. Ben Jacks returned home Friday from Ludlow, Ky.

Measles and whooping cough is raging through our town.

The Misses Phenice and Eva Galloway gave a Valentine Party at their home on Feb. 14.
All present enjoyed the evening to the limit.  At a late hour refreshments were served.

Charles Davis and family of Roane County have moved to Coalfield and
occupy the Davis property on the creek.

Look to your potatoes and see if they are frozen.
Mr. Roy C. Craven of Kingsport, and Miss Edna Pearl Morris of Wartburg,
were united in marriage Wednesday afternoon of last week, February 7th.
The ceremony was preformed in the parlors of the Hotel Bristol.  The
ceremony was performed by Rev. Adolphus Kistler.
Mrs. Craven was the youngest daughter of Mr. & Mrs. T. A. Morris
and was one of the most popular young ladies of Wartburg’s younger set
The Press adds  congratulations.
John Wilson of Stephens and Miss Mamie Jarnagin of Coalfield,
were married Sunday February 4th.

April, 1917 

Walter Adkisson has embroidered the western edge of his place with a multiform fence.

The new telephone line is stretching its slow and weary length from Oliver Springs to Coalfield.

Bruno Schubert has for sale one 2 h pr Waterloo Gasoline Engine,
second hand, will be sold cheap.  Price, $25.
Mr. & Mrs. John L. Scott, who have been living near Indianapolis, Ind.,
returned last week and are in Wartburg visiting friends and relatives.
Rev. J. S. Clark celebrated his seventy-sixth birthday, March 25 at his home in Lancing.
On Monday evening, Olive, the eleven year old daughter of Mr. & Mrs. I .J. Human,
was given a party in honor of her birthday.
Whose duty is it to see that the Court House yard is cleaned up?  It is high time something was done to it.
Get together everybody  and have a town clean up week before court convenes on April 9.

The young men are taking refuge from patriotism by marrying, as they understand that
single men will hustled to the front first.  So, on last Sunday, a number of weddings
were reported.  Coalfield comes forward with two:
Frank Fink and Blaine Coker:
and, William Bryant and Alice Langley.
Also Oliver Campbell of Oliver Springs, and Ethel Brummitt of Coalfield

Marriage Licenses Issued for the Month of April, 1917

Charles Pearson to Sebba Pearson
David Smith to Rachael Cooper
William Bryant to Alice Langley
Rudolph Ruppee to Bertie O. Presswood
Herwan Frogge to Myrtle Smith
Ruben E. West to Myrtle Jones

William Ford to Nessie Llels? or Liels?
Earl Rayder to Icy V. Keathley
Virgil H. Neeley to Hattie Lewallen
Will Adkins to Anna Bransteter
Thomas Jordan to Ethel Hawn

May, 1917 

Andy Langford’s new mill has followed the State of Tennessee and gone ‘bone dry,”
necessitating the closing down of the mill and  giving his men an opportunity of making something to eat.

Col. John Moser of Jefferson City, with the aid of M. M. Goad, has picked up a car of cattle and hogs.

Mr. Pearl Huiskins and Ms. Ethel Simpson of Oakdale were married Sunday Evening at the home of W. Z. Strickland.

Lottie Wilson and H. M. Taylor were united in the Holy Bonds of Wedlock by the Rev. I. C. Whaley
at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Verdie Jones.

The Marriage of Virgil Neeley and Hallie Lewallen was quietly soleminzed on April 26, by Esq. J. D. Young at the home of the bride’s parents. The bride is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Lewallen. The groom is the son of B. J. Neeley of Glen Mary.
IMPORTANT MASS MEETING   There will be a Mass Meeting and Food Preparedness Conference on SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 1917 at the Court House, Wartburg at l:00 p.m. Every farmer, business man and citizen is iinvited to be present Come and bring your neighbors.
Will be open for the accomodation of patients and guests.

Director – Dr. C. C. Quale of Chicago

June, 1917 

Miss Ethel Robbins of Oakdale is visiting her sister, Mr. N. D. Byrd.

There will be an Ice Cream Supper Saturday Evening on the Masonic Lawn for the benefit of Mr. Decatur Davis.
Mr. Davis is not able to work and he has 4 or 5 children.

The whooping cough is raging in this section.

Little Annie Mike & Johnny Szymbroski, while out cattle hunting last week, got lost in the woods, being out all night and finding their way to Lancing where word was sent to their parents.


July,  1917 

Little Lester England, son of Mrs. Bessie England, is very sick at present.  It is feared he has typhoid.
Born to Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Kennedy of Burrville, on the 17th, a big boy.

James Scott is low with typhoid fever.

Rev. T. V. Peters and Prof A. Peters were called to Knoxville to the bedside of their mother, Mrs. M. J. Peters who was very sick.

Oscar Stonecipher and Miss Nora Wilson were united in marriage, Saturday afternoon about 2:00 o’clock.
Esquire Joyner performed the ceremony.

Married July 22, Mr. Carson and Miss Artie Fairchild.  We wish the young couple much happiness.
Marriage Licenses Issued during the month of July, 1917
John R. Neathery to Sephia O. Cooper
Oscar Stonecipher to Nora Wilson
William H. Walker and Delia Buel
Loda Loyd to Gertrude H. Hamby
Charles White to Zollie Cook
Wesley Dowlan to Carrie McAllister
Carson Brown to Artie Fairchilds
A. J. Lankford to Clara Dixon
Herbert Fairchilds to Pearl Freels
Oron Huntger and Edith Hyde
John Bradshaw to Sarah Bray
Alex Walls to Mamie McGlothin
J.G. Mines to Elizabeth Johnson
Edward Young to Josie Freels

August 1917 

The typhoid patients, Mr. Peter Donohue and Masters  Ira Brown , Lester England and Ben Cooper are all improving nicely under the treatment of Dr. Jones.

Mrs. F. A. Bacher of Chatt., who together with her husband and children,
are spending the summerwith Mr. Bates near Annadale.

Russell Freels will begin work on his new dwelling  just across the street from the Johnston Store in a few days.

A pie supper was given at the school house near Union Church last Saturday night. Sheriff Byrd was the fortunate winner of a nice cake for being the ugliest man present. The boys all bid like they had just had a pay day.  We wish to compliment the young ladies on being such good cooks.   $51.00 was raised.

Joe Summer, a nephew of our Circuit Court Clerk, Charles W. Summer, went to Harriman a few days since and joined Co. C., 2nd Tenn and is now enjoying a soldiers life.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Kennedy of Burrville on the 17th, a big boy.

Mr. Walter Patching of Oakdale spent a few hours with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Gee Patching Sunday.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. Charles Knight on August 1st, an heir.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. J. R. Wilson, the seventh boy.

Torvale Strand is wearing a size larger hat occasioned by the arrival  of a son and heir Tuesday Morning.

Florence Gunter of Lancing is sick with fever.

Wesley Greer is sick with typhoid.

103 men were called for service by Morgan County Local Board on Aug., 27, 28, and 29.

Mr. A. J. Cromwell of Port Arthur Texas has been in Morgan County for 3 or 4 weeks. He has been in Texas for six or seven years.

September 1917

Born to Rev. and Mrs. S. E. Taylor on Sept. 20th, a fine boy.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. J. H. England on Sept. 17, a fine boy.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. Hugh K. Jones, another Democrat, born Sept. 16th.

The whooping cough scrouge of this community has subsided.

Lincoln Adams of  Deer Lodge celebrated his being drafted into the Army by stealing away and marrying Miss Perkins of Knoxville.  A charming young lady, who is the daughter of Frank Perkins.

Esq. H. H. Pittman and Mrs. Betty England were married last Saturday night. Judge Wm. Bullard officiating.

Robert Morgan and Miss Icy Patterson were married at the home of William Potter on Flat Fork Saturday evening by Esq. P. W. Holder.

The home of Mr. & Mrs. J. A. Ferguson was the scene of a wedding on September 6th. Friends and relatives assembled in the parlor when Mrs. Fergusons brother, Mr. Harvey Bullard, entered from the sitting room with Miss Ruth Goldston on his arm. Mr. Bullard is the son of Judge Wm. Bullard of Sunbright.  The bride is the daughter
of Mrs. L. Goldston of near Oakdale.


I will, on October 4, 1917, in front of the J. J. Johnson Store at Oakdale, at one O’Clock, offer for sale and to the highest bidder, for sale and to the highest bidder, for cash in hand, one pair of Mules and Harness wagon and chain, known as the BOLES MULES. Nice clean trim mules in good shape Come and see them.

Jno H. Bingham

Jack Frost done considerable nipping last week.

Carl Schubert’s present address is
Carl Schubert, Co K,
103 Machine Gun Battalion,
Camp Sevier,  Greenville, S. C.

Edward F. Garrett, Lincoln Adams, Lindsay Hall, all of  Deer Lodge, have joined the Colors. Deer Lodge feels assured they will carry the flag with honor.

Henry McClure and wife of Knoxville, formerly of Coalfield, came out Saturday and sold their home to Albert Ruffner.

Martin Galloway and Adra Howard were married at Deer Lodge Sunday afternoon by Dr. Nash.

Mr. F. Stezewski and Mrs. Falda were married last week.  Mr. Stezewski has
three children by his former wife who died some two months ago.

Mr. Dwight Davis and Miss Jennie Morris were quietly married at the home of the bride’s parents, on October 14.

Mrs. Ben Scott and Peter Strand of Deer Lodge were united in marriage Saturday.  Dr. Nash officiating.


 Community Fair

Saturday, October 27, 1917 – Burrville, Tenn. – Be sure and attend it!

November, 1917

Douglas Needham, Charlie Bales, Chas. Hurst and Culman Ennis, have all joined the Morgan County Colony already at Flint, Michigan  where big wages are said to prevail.

Mrs. Chess Laymance is still very ill.

There are about fifteen new wells going down in the Glenmary Field.

Sam Davis, who had the grading around three sides of the court house, finished last Saturday.

T. C. Cooper and Gran Davis favored Wartburg with a visit one day last week.

The girls of our school are going to make paper candles for the soldiers to use in the trenches.

Last Friday afternoon the farm residence of Wm. Stutten, about a mile southeast of town was totally destroyed by fire with nearly all household effects.

December 1917
Charles Olmstead went over to Crossville and sold his fine team of Mules for the U. S. Army purposes for 450.

Wartburg in the past week has experienced a taste of genuine Dakota weather.

Miss Doreen Sargeant of Deer Lodge has gone to Chattanooga to take a course in stenography at the business college.

The party who took the parcel from the smoker on Train No. 6 is known and will save trouble by returning it.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Takac have purchased the Summit Park Hotel property through agency of Kimbell Land Co.This passes he last holdings of Capt.  J. W. Miller, who settled the place some 30 odd years ago.

Mr. Henry J. Kreis, while trying to catch his mule Wednesday, had the misfortune of having a rib broken by being kicked by his mule.

Ruben A. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Davis and Ernest R. Williams,son of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Williams,
have passed a most creditable examination and have been ordered to Camp Taylor near Louisville, Ky.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. T. Crouch on Nov. 15th, a fine big boy.

William Cromwell of U. S. Training camp; at Chickamauga Park, spent a few days with his father, Chas. Cromwell at Burrville.

Miss Mattie Jones and Ernest Freytag were wed at the home of L. E. Davis. The ceremony was preformed by Squire Langley.

William Stonecipher and Amy Wilson were united in wedlock by Rec. D. H. Taylor.

Lost on train No. 6, Oct. 28, a dark green broadcloth skirt wrapped in newspaper. Finder return to “Alley and Hedrick’s  Store in Deermont and receive reward.

Six men were drafted and ordered to report at Wartburg on Sept. 4th, not later than 4 p.m..  They will leave for Camp at Atlanta on Sept. 5th.
They are:
Headerson F. Byrd,
Ramsey Daughtery,
Leonard Lyons,
Dock A. England,
William A. Gillis
John A. Voils.

September 7, 1917
Lincoln Adams of Deer Lodge, celebrated his being drafted into the Army by stealing away and marrying Miss Perkins of Knoxville, a charming young lady who is the daughter of Frank Perkins.

Week of December 14, 1917

On Saturday the following boys left Morgan County for Camp Gordon to do their duty as Uncle Sam’s soldiers:

G. A. Ruppee
J. Davis
J. W. Jacks
E. Rogers
E. J. McKeethan
Henry Kreis
Blair Akins
O. Basler
V. Neeley
M. C. Brown
H. S. Freels
S. Larcy

T. A. Morris
I.J Human
John A. Jomnes
W. Z. Stricklin
H. W. Summer
L. Risen
D. W. Byrge
W. Y. Boswell
N. L. Duncan
J. L. Cox
H. P Alley
W. A. Langley
S. B. BertramR. Jones
Wm. Bullard


Burn Cecil, a veteran of the Spanish-American war is deeply interested in organizing  a Co.  to repulse the Germanic forces, and will sacrifice his money, his time, and his life in this patriotic cause if necessary.  He says this county is facing one of the most gigantic crisis it has faced since the Civil War and if our young manhood don’t rally to the flag, and stand like a  ‘Stonewall Jackson’, our country will go down in defeat and our flag will trail in the dust.  (Week of December 14, 1917)


The December term of the Criminal and Law Court Convened Monday morning with Judge Hick on the Branch.  Attorney General, W. H. Buttram was in attendance.  Chas W. Summer, Circuit Court Clerk was at his desk and had all matters of his office ready for the court.  The following gentlemen were call as Grand and Trial Juries.


W. H. McCartt, Foreman
J. L. Hackworth
W. R. Nelson
Chas Powell
P. R. Estes
W. W. Fairchild
Joe Holloway
Thos. Brewster
J. A.Fagan
W. W. Duncan
John W. Owen
Ben Brooks
Lee McGlothin
James B. Duncan, Officer


Charley Moore
Alf Collins
Ernest Heidle
Clenice Hamby
Millard Albertson
Walter Powell
Mart Stewart
R. T. Estes
J. K. Duncan
J. E. McGuffey
W. W. Peters
S. S. Powell
John L. Scott, Officer
The State vs Albert McCartt. nollied on cost
The State vs R. H. McGill, nollie on cost.
The State vs Harvey Jestes, submission fine fifty dollars and cost
The State vs J. D. Pemberton et al continued
The State vs Ed Duncan, guilty.

Frank Schubert has just opened up his general store on “B” Street, and is selling his goods cheaper that the cheapest, and is still crying out with a loud voice for more customers.


Wm. S. Adsmond died at his home on Spring Street,  Deer Lodge, on Feb 18, 1917. He was born March 26, 1834 in Norway and came to this country in 1813.  He enlisted in the first Illinois regiment and served three years and seven months and fought in many noted battles. After the war he married to Miss Mary C. Katterson.  By this union eight children were born, six of whom and the mother survive him to mourn his loss.  In 1892 he came to Tennessee where he has resided until his death.  Mr. Adsmond died in full triumph of the faith.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. W. Nash at the M. C. Church and the remains laid to rest in Mount Hope Cemetery.
(Morgan County Press dated March 1, 1917)

 ARMES, ALFORD   Alford Armes, an old and experienced miner, got killed in the Fodderstack Coal mines at this place last Saturday about 11 o’clock Nov. 24, 1917 by falling slate.  His remains was taken to New River for interment Sunday.  He leaves a wife and many children of tender age to mourn his loss. (Morgan County Press dated Dec. 14, 1917)

BALLINGER,  DR. JOHN, Dr. John Ballinger died on the 20th and was buried on the 21st.  Rev. W. L. Davis conducted the funeral services.  Interment was in M. C. Church Cemetery by the side of his Mother.  (Morgan County Press dated July 7, 1917)

BOWMER, WILLIAM , William Bowmer of Deer Lodge, a lifelong and esteemed resident of Morgan County, died at that place on Friday, July 27, in the 69th year of his age.  He leaves one daughter, Mrs. G. U. Howard of Wartburg, and four sons, Baalam and John Bowmer of Va., and Buster and D. Bowmer of Deer Lodge and may relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  His remains were placed to rest in Deer Lodge Cemetery,  Dr. Nash conducting the funeral services.   (Morgan County Press dated  August 3, 1917.)

BREEDLOVE,  RUFUS Rufus Breedlove, who has been sick with rheumatism for several years died Tuesday evening and will be buried today at Liberty Church. (Morgan County Press dated March 1, 1917)

BROWN, F. M. We extend to Mr. & Mrs. F. M. Brown our sympathy in the death of their son Harry. (Morgan County Press dated March 1, 1917) 

CLARK INFANT, The infant daughter of Rev. & Mrs. S. B. Clark died at their home in Athens, November 3, 1917.  Rev. Clark arrived Sunday evening for burial in Burrville Cemetery.  (Morgan County Press dated November 16, 1917)

CHRISTMAS, W.W.  Mrs. J. D. Young was at Harriman last week attending the funeral of her father, Mr. W. W. Christmas. (Morgan County Press dated December 21, 1917)

 DELIUS,  MARGARET T., Margaret T. Delius, widow of the late Charles H. Delius, long a noted and respected citizen of Morgan County, died at the home of her son, R. D. Delius near Knoxville, July 28, 1971.  Her remains were brought here by her two sons, R. D. and H. M. Delius, and were buried in the the German Cemetery by the side of her beloved deceased husband.  The Delius family are well known by most everybody here, having lived here many years. Mrs. Delius was about 81 years old.  (Morgan County Press dated Aug. 3, 1917)

DORSCHEID, MRS. M, .  Mrs. M. Dorscheid passed away Monday morning after an illness of several weeks.  She was a lady of estimable qualities and her  death was a shock to her many friends who will mourn her loss.  She leaves her husband, one son, Dr. E. Dorscheid of Oakdale and two daughters, Mrs. Hausen of Deer Lodge and Mrs. Bogart of Iowa to mourn her loss.  She was laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Rev. Demetrio officiating. (Morgan County Press, dated March 1, 1917)

GALLOWAY, MAR,  Mrs. Mary Galloway died at the home of her son, Sam H. Galloway, November 22, 1917, at the age of 90.  She leaves five sons and two daughters to mourn her loss.  (Morgan County Press dated December 7, 1917)

JOHNSON, ERNEST R.  Ernest R. Johnson, who was on the battleship Rhode Island, son of Mr. J. T. Johnson and the late Mrs. Johnson of Burrville, was drowned Monday Morning, July 2, 1917 at Yorktown, Va.  His body was recovered Monday, July 9, but on account of it being in the water so long could not be properly embalmed for shipment.  Interment was made in the National Cemetery at Portsmouth, Va, with full Military honors.  Mr. Johnson was 22 years old and unmarried.  He had served three years and six months in the U. S. Navy.  He attained the greatest honor that can be said of any man when his captain said in the letter to his father, ” Your son died doing his duty in time of war, on picket duty protecting the fleet.” He is survived by his father, J. T. Johnson of Burrville, two sisters, Mr. B. H. Storie of Chatt,  Miss Lillie Johnson and one brother, Bennett Johnson, both of Burrville.  (Morgan County Press dated July 20, 1917)

JOYNER INFANT  The 3 year old child of Charles Joyner died last Tuesday and was buried at Liberty.  (Morgan County Press dated October 26, 1917)

LANGLEY, JAMES,  James Langley aged 75 years, a prominent citizen and ex-federal soldier, died at his home in Petros on July 28, 1917.  Mr Langley was born in Virginia, but had lived most of his life in Morgan County and belonged to one of the pioneer families of this county.  He was a member of the Masonic Order and his remains were laid to rest in Mt. Zion Cemetery by Emerald  Lodge No 377 F & A M of which he was a member.  He leaves a widow and six children to mourn his loss.  (Morgan County Press dated Aug. 3, 1917)

MILLER, JAKE, Jake Miller, who lives just across the mountain from Petros on the head waters of New River, died suddenly Saturday nigh, Nov. 24, 1917, with a deadly stroke of paralysis.  His burrial will take place at Shiloahm, on New River  Monday.  (Morgan County Press dated Dec. 12, 1917)

PETERS,  REV. ADAM CLARK, Rev. Adam Clark Peters, commonly called Clark Peters, whose death at Burrville May 31, 1917, has already been announced, ws a preacher in the M. E. Church during most of his life.  He was a circuit rider.  His first work after joining  the conference in 1879 was on the Crossville Circuit which included a large territory round and about.  The first year there were 110 conversions on his work and he received $110 compensation.  It was thru his efforst that a splendid church building was erected at Burrville several years ago and the large building of the A. B. Wright Institute at Burrville stands as a monument of his energy and industry in traveling and scuring contributations to assist in the erection of the same.  (An excerpt-Morgan County Press dated June 21, 1917.

PETERS, MRS. M. J. Mrs. M. J. Peters died at her home near Burrville, August 13, 1917.  She leaves two daughters and six sons to mourn her loss.  Her remains were laid to rest in Burrville Cemetery. Prof. W. A. Peters of Lousiana arrived here Tuesday, too late to attend the funeral of his mother., Mr. M. J. Peters. (Morgan County Press dated August 31, 1917)

QUINN, C. A. , There was a large attendance at the funeral of C. A. Quinn at Lancing Wednesday.   (Morgan County Press dated Feb. 2, 1917)


RUFFNER Child, The 10 year old son of Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Ruffner of Rockbridge died Saturday night after an illness of only 2 or 3 days. (Morgan County Press dated April 20, 1917)

SCOTT,  B. J.,  Deer Lodge lost an old settler in the person of  B. J. SCOTT, who died very suddenly of heart failure, Sunday morning near Catoosa where he had been employed for over a year as blacksmith.  He was the son of C. C. Scott and was born and raised near Deer Lodge, as were his parents before him.  His Grandfather being Julian Scott, one of the earliest residents of Morgan County.  Mr. Scott was 56 years old and one of the Charter Members of IOOF Lodge in Deer Lodge.  He was laid to rest under the auspicies of the Order Monday afternoon from the Methodist Church.  He leaves besides a wife and five children, a number of brothers and sisters to mourn his untimely end. (Morgan County Press dated September 7, 1917)

SCOTT, W. R. , W. R. Scott, 45, son of Z. T. Scott was fatally injured April 13, 1917 by falling from a building.  The deceased was buried at the old HALL grave yard on White Oak.  Funeral services was held by Rev. John Webb assisted by Revs. W. L. Davis and H. McCartt.  (Morgan County Press dated April 26, 1917) 


STEWART,  W. A.  W. A. Stewart, died August 16 at Blue Jacket, Oklahoma.  His remains were brought to Burrville and placed to rest in Burrville Cemetery. (Morgan County Press dated August 31, 1917)

STRICKLIN, W. Z.,  W. Z.  Stricklin was called to Waynesboro Tuesday on account of the death of his brother who was shot from ambush and killed on the street of Waynesboro Monday night.  (Morgan County Press dated March 1, 1917)










$50,000 Worth of Property Destroyed Yesterday
Wind Fans Flames and Almost All of Business Section is Burned But Little Insurance to Cover Loss


OAKDALE, Tenn, April 11. A fire swept through Oakdale early this morning destroying over $50,000 worth of Property. The blaze wiped out a greater portion of the business district and for a time threatened the entire section of the city near the business district. No fire protection was available and only bucket brigades were used in the efforts to subdue the blaze.

The first discovery of the blaze was made in the Buttram Hotel, which was only recently completed and is a
frame structure two stories in height. The fire then had gained considerable headway and from this building spread to others. A heavy rain with a high wind worked against the volunteer firemen in their efforts to get the fire under control. The room in which the fire was discovered is directly over the kitchen of the hotel. It had been occupied by a man who left on an early train. The presumption is that he threw a lighted match on the floor. The discovery of the fire was made about 4 o’clock.

Following are the business houses which were destroyed and the approximate loss:

Buttram Hotel, $8,500
People’s Store, $10,000
Freel’s Drug Company, $5,000
Central Telephone Company, $1,500
Oakdale Dispatch Printing Company, $4,000
W. Y. Boswell, City Attorney, $1,500
Oakdale Meat Market $500
Wheeler Barbershop, $500
J. E. Patching, residence, $3,000
W. J. Johnson, two residences, $3,000
and other smaller losses

The heaviest loser in the blaze was the People’s Department Store. The stock of goods was very large and with the exception of insurance to the extent of $5,000, is a total loss. The Dispatch Printing Company lost the entire plant. This is the only newspaper in the town and occupied a three -story building with a concrete base and two frame upper stories.

In the office of W. Y. Boswell, all the records of the city were lost.

One of the heaviest losses is from furniture which was ruined by the heavy rain. Over fifty residents emptied their homes, expecting the fire to reach them.. The rain ruined furniture piled in the streets. The fire was all on the west side of the Emory River. On the north side, the railroad companies have provided fire protection, but where the blaze of yesterday morning occured, there was absolutely no protection. The blaze was gotten under control by 8 o’clock. This was done by the heroic work of volunteers. Several of these men were cut by breaking glass, but none hurt seriously. The fire is one of the hardest blows to Oakdale that has been felt in many years. Practically no insurance was carried by the owners of the burned buildings. The rate had been advanced recently and was almost prohibitive. The destruction of the telephone plant put all telephones in the town and county out of commission. This is a local company and supplies telephone service to practically all of Morgan County.

From the Chattanooga Times



THE GALLOWS  Nashville, Tenn., Aug 13, A Knoxville Tenn., special to the Banner says:
At an early hour crowds poured in from the country to witness the execution of John Webb. The streets near the jail, were thronged with an immense crowd. It was with difficulty that the guards could prevent the crowd from breaking down the jail fence so eager were they to see.
He partook heartily of a breakfast and called the attention of the guards to the fact that it was the last new suit of black clothes taken (given) him by his brother. At ten o’clock, when he dressed, he asked the Sheriff for a razor to shave which he refused, fearing violence. This angered him much and he told
the sheriff to go to hell and take it with him.
At 11:30 the death warrant was read to him, when he asked to read it himself. After finishing he raised his hand and declared : “Before God my execution is unjust,” and kissed the crucifix
he held, given him by the priest. He also added that he forgave everybody, but it was unjust to hang an innocent man, before leaving the jail he bid Ayers good bye, saying “Old fellow, you’ll have to pray mighty hard for forgiveness of murder you have caused, if  you get to heaven.” The prisoner walked promptly to the wagon with his wife on his arm, accompanied also by Sheriff Swan, the deputies and a priest. His wife was much affected, and Webb endeavored to console her. The procession moved to the gallows, about a mile, with the sheriff’s posse fifty strong, the immense crowd following. Arriving there, a circle was formed by two military companies and the posse. The wagon was driven immediately under the gallows, when the prisoner briefly addressed the crowd as follows: ”The statement I made is true. I die an innocnt man. They are killing me for nothing. I put my trust in God.
I think I have been forgiven”. He then requested the Sheriff to call others, Mr. Haskins particularly, to whom he said, “I want to say to you it is a serious thing you’ve done. If you want to, kill a man, but don’t swear his life away”. He then denounced the whole party as having sworn to lies. Then
turning to James White, he said: “The night of the murder I staid with you, yon know.” He then handed a letter to Huckaby and continued his remarks to the crowd, saying: … want to see poor old John Webb hung. I prayed for all last night. Look at me and mark what I say, I die innocent.”
The mayor asked him who was guilty if he was innocent, which he declined to answer, saying Captain Washington had the true statement and it would be given to the public. His wife implored
him to tell all he knew. Just then a messenger came and informed Webb of the death of his sister, and the funeral today. He received the news with apathetic calmness,  and his bold blue eyes wore a far off look as though piercing the veil of eternity. His wife urged  him to pray for pardon, to which he
replied: “My dear wife, I would rather be in my place than that of many I see here”.  He showed great nerve and held up unflinchingly to the last. When binding his legs he offered his hand saying:
“You have hold of the best soldier you ever had” and amid the agonizing screams of his wife he mounted the rear seat of the wagon, telling the people to look, saying: “I am the best piece of furniture you have seen for many a day”. His wife was then lead away from the horrible scene, the black cap was then drawn over his face and the noose adjusted, when the wagon moved and  Webb leaned forward and easing himself off, at 1:20 was swinging in the  air. He was pronounced lifeless in twenty minutes, and when taken down presented a natural appearance.

Source: Elyria Independent Democrat, Elyria, Ohio, August 18, 1875

1881Master Harry M. Delins, Klimet, Morgan County, Tennessee, is a promising young man we met with on our travels South. We expect to hear of him as a successful business man in a few years. He has our thanks.
Source: Ohio Democrat; New Pennsylvania, Ohio; September 29, 1881

1883OAKDALE, Tenn., July 5 – At a Sunday-school picnic yesterday, a gang of roughs, after getting drunk, started a disturbance on the train as it was returning.  Jesse Hacker stabbed Tom Lysle in the side, and was immediately shot dead by Lysle’s brother.  The latter escaped.
The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, July 6, 1883

Tom Carter, John Groves, John Swatser, colored, and A. Brown broke into the residence of W.P. Cox, near Sunbright, Tenn., and made a demand for Mrs.Cox and her fifteen-year-old daughter, a beautiful child. Cox fled from the house and the villains took the girl into the woods and accomplished their hellish designs. She is now in a precarious condition. The four men were arrested and were taken toWartburg.
Freeborn County Standard, Albert Lee, Minnesota, July 19, 1883————————

The first night on which Samuel Scott, of Wartburg, Tenn., went into a bed to sleep he died.  He weighed 350 pounds, and by a physician’s advice used to sleep by kneeling upon the floor, with his head resting on a chair.

Source:  Omaha Daily Bee, Omaha, Nebraska, April 14, 1883
retrieved from The Library of Congress, Chronicling  America.

 (Tolbert Scarbrough – Samuel Scarbrough)
St. Louis, June 4, – A special to the Post Dispatch from  Chattanooga, Tenn. says:
A sensational fratricide  occurred near Oakdale yesterday.   Tolbert Scarborough, while under the influence of liquor, went to the home of his brother  Samuel, and swore he would kill him, whereupon Samuel drew a pistol and shot him through the heart.  The murderer was arrested.

Source:  Kansas City Star, Thursday, June 5, 1885; p.  1

Noah Parker has been arrested in Morgan County, Tenn.,charged with the murder of his wife by throwing her in a well. He was arrested upon the confession of a woman with whom he was intimate that he had said he would do it.  Source: Massillon Independent, Massillon, Ohio, July 1, 1887

1888A Shocking Death

Chattanooga, Tenn., Aug. 8 – This morning at Sunbright, Tenn., while bearing lumber away at Weaver’s mill, Henry Lyle slipped and fell  against the saw, which was in motion.  His lower jaw was entirely cut off and  the saw teeth reached his lungs.  He was still living this evening,  but can not recover.Source:  Waco Evening News, Waco, Texas, Thursday, August 9, 1888


Balaam Sirnms,a small boy, was frightened to death at Lansing. Tenn. Several young men caught him, cut his hair and threatened his life. He lost his reason and died.
Source: Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, NJ  March 26, 1888
July 5 1888
JAMES COPELAND a well to do farmer died in Flint Morgan County, June 17 at the age of 88. When the south seceded on 1864 COPELAND took an oath that he would never shave again untill the southern confederacy established it’s independence. He kept his oath and his beard at the time of his death was nearly seven feet in length.  [Crossville Chronicle]

January 30 1890
One day last week while a young man named SAM SNOW and his friend were out hunting on the mountain, not far from Rockwood, presumably in Morgan County, they seperated and in a short time Snow’s friend heard a gun fire and soon found SNOW unconscious from a fatal wound in his jaw and extending into his temple caused perhaps by the accidental discharge from his gun.
[Crossville Chronicle]
MARY C HEDGECOTH wife of A. A. HEDGECOTH and daughter of E. HATFIELD and
MARY HATFIELD was born March 5 1857 in Morgan County Tenn and departed life April 29 1890 at her home five miles east of Northville, aged 39 years, 1 month and 24 days. She joined the Babtist Church of Christ at Haley’s Grove about the year 1872 and lived a devoted Christian, a loving wife and affectionate mother until the day of her death. She leaves to mourn her loss as an aged mother and father, husband and seven little children, the eldest being ten years old and the youngest about 10 hours old, besides many other relatives and friends.  [May 22 1890 Crossville Chronicle]

Gerding Was Encouraged by tbe Police to Rob the Train
He was to get a Reward and they would have Glory
The Authorities Promised That He Would Not Be Hurt, But The Messenger Shot Him In The BackKnoxville, Tenn.. November 5.—(Special.) William Smith, who was shot in the Knoxville and Ohio express car Friday night, at Coal Creek, tells an interesting story of the way in which he got into the trouble. Smith was at a hospital here. To a reporter yesterday he made a full statement. Smith’s father stood at the cot in which he lay, with tears streaming down his ruddy cheeks. Two of Smith’s sisters knelt by the side of the bed and Rev. Dr. Moore held the young man’s hand while he talked. The eyes of the wounded man wandered restlessly about the room, never lingeringfor more than an instantupon any one object. He was suffering much pain, and moaned continuously. Smith asked Dr. Moore to pray. The reverend gentleman knelt by the bedside and asked those present to unite with him. It was an eloquent prayer that he offered, and Smith evidently deeply affected, When the prayer was finished, Smith turned his eyes to the preacher. “Do you think that will do me any good?” he asked,
anxiously. “Yes”, replied Dr. Moore, gently, “if you have faith and believe and are repentant of your sins.” “I’m repentant”, murmured Smith, “I want to be forgiven of my sins”.
Not a Professional
“You all called me a robber in the paper”, he gasped, turning to the reporter, “and
now I want you to set me right. I ain’t no professional robber. Last Monday I was coming up the street – Crozier street – and met Fred Gerding. He said to me  ‘Smith, I know where there is some good money, if we can get three or four men to help us. I asked him where the money was. He said he would tell me if I would promise to go in with him. I told him all right. He then told me of a plan to rob an express car on the East Teunessee. He said he was an extra messenger,  and knew all about the express business and the combinations of the safes, and how to get at the money. He said he was going to see some other fellows, and said he would see me again. I left him and went home and told my father what Gerding had said to me. My father said that Gerding was trying to get me into trouble, and told me to go down town and tell Chief Atkins all about it. I started for police headquarters
that afternoon, but met Barney Irwin on the way. I knew him, and told him about what Gerding had said. He told me to play in with Gerding, and that he would see Woodward, of the express company, and tell him about it, and see that I was treated right. Smith Was Not to Be Hurt “The next day I met Irwin and Woodward and explained Gerding’s plan to rob the car as I knew it. Woodward told me
to keep in with Gerding and agree to all his plans and he would see that I got out all right and was was rewarded by the express company. He said he could not tell me how much the company would give me, but he knew they would be liberal. The next day I met Irwin and Woodward again and they told me more of their plans. They told me to keep in with Gerding and said I would not be hurt if there was trouble. I met Fred Gerding on Thursday and agreed to go to Clinton with him. He said that he had asked Bunny McLemore to go into the deal, but that he had refused to do so and that we would have to go it alone.That evening I saw Irwin, Chief Atkins, Woodward and some others at the police station. Irwin gave me a revolver as he said so Gerding would have confidence in me. He also gave me money to pay my fare to Clinton. He told me to go on and make the attack and assured me that I would not be hurt. “They said they wanted me to go to jail a couple of days so as to keep down suspicion and said that I would be well paid for what I did.” “I met Gerding on Crozier street that night,” continued Smith, “and we went to the depot and took the train for Clinton. We got off there and walked to Coal Creek. We laid about there all day Friday until the train arrived at night. We boarded the train and ran into the car. It was agreed that I should cover the messenger while Gerding went through the safe. I did this and when the officers appeared, dropped on my knees and threw away my pistol. Then the messenger grabbed me and shot me through the back.
” The Officers Condemned.”
Smith will doubtless die. There areugly rumors current here concerning the officers connected with the affair. It is said that Gerding at one time tried to back out of the affair, but the officers got Smith to urge him on, as they wanted glory in view of an approaching municipal election. Gerding’s Connections are Good It seems that Gerding comes from noble descendants. The young fellow was visited by his aunt from Oliver Springs, who in an interview with The Constitution’s correspondent
today, Said: “When news came that Fred Gerding was connected with a train robbery, it settled like a pail of sorrow over Oliver Springs. Young Gerding  is connected with the best families in the state. His father, Captain F. W. Gerding was for years a wholesale merchant in Louisville, Ky., is a member of the celebrated  DeWarely Comrnandery Knights Templar, and is now retired from business. He is living on his farm two miles from Oliver Springs. The young man’s mother, who is dead, was a daughter of Count Alphonso DeMontague of France. He was the minister of Napoleon’s imperial staff. Fred’s grandfather, George F. Gerding, the founder of Wartburg, was prominent, both in this and the old world, and was a member of a noble German family. He was American minister to Belgium and other courts abroad for many years before the war. Why this beardless boy should bring such dishonor upon his people is the question on every one’s lips. There is certainly something in it which is a mystery. N. S. Woodward, the Southern Express Company’s route agent, who was mixed up with the affair, denies that he ever made any promises of reward to young Smith.
Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, November 6, 1893
Maryville Times, (Blount Co. TN) Wednesday, November 22, 1893:

“Well Known Man Gone—Rev. A.B. Wright passed away quite unexpectedly at his home in this place last night. [November 8] He had been sick ever since he was thrown from his horse several weeks ago, and last Saturday he was attacked by bilious fever, which complicated matters and weakened him very much. On Tuesday night he was prostrated very suddenly, and last night a second attack of the same sort resulted fatally without an instant’s warning. His son, W.D. Wright, and daughter, Mrs. Tobias Peters, and F.H. Dunning were with him at the end. His eldest son, J.C. Wright, who had been here to see him, had left in the afternoon for home, but was recalled by telegraph and returned this morning accompanied by the other son, T.A. Wright. The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 o’clock in the M.E. church, interment will take place at Mt. Vernon with Masonic honors, the deceased being an esteemed member of that organization. Mr. Wright was probably better known throughout this section than any other man in it. He was born in Fentress County in 1826, and has been engaged in the service of the Lord since his 22nd year, and has preached in nearly every church in Morgan, Fentress, Scott, Anderson, Overton, Pickett, Roane and Cumberland Counties. He was also County Clerk of Fentress County for four years. A widow, three sons and one daughter survive him.” —Sunbright Dispatch.

Former Slaves United in Marriage After a Separation of Twent-five YearsTwo ex-slaves who had not seen each other for 25 years were married yesterday by Magistrate B.F. Camp. The principals v/oro John Thompson, aged 85 years, and Kitty Owens, aged 70. Before the late war both were slaves in the family of Mr. George Girding, who owned a large plantation in Morgan County, Tenn. At that time Thompson was looked upon as an old man, while the woman was called ‘”mammy” by the children in the family. After the two slaves were made free they went out in different directions to make a livelihood. The man decided to follow the river, and he secured a place in the dining room of a steamboat. He continued at this until several months ago, when he retired. Thompson had saved enough money to keep him in comfort  for the rest of his days. He looked up some of his children, now living in Louisville, but found that they did not take any interest in their old father, not seeming to care whether he was alive or dead. It was while visiting his children that the old man met Kitty Owens. They did not know each other at first, and it was only comparing notes that the two recognized each other. A marriage was shortly arranged for the two. Yesterday they went to the county clerk’s office where a license was secured. The old people were accompanied to Magistrates Camps office by a curious crowd. There the ceremony was performed.
Thompson had been married three times, and his companion ouly one time less. As the old couple were leaving, office Magistrate Camp remembered that his fee had been overlooked.
“Lor, Yo’ honah, I hasn’t got any mo” money.” said the old man. The facial espression of the old darky underwent a  complete change as he fumbled in his pockets. Finally Thompson got a small
amount of change out of his many pockets. This was given over to the magistrate, who found that it amounted to a total of 90 cents. The old man explained that he divided his savings so that they would last until he was 100 years old. He took only one of these piles weekly, never touching the rest
until the next week. The bride-groom said that he hoped to save enough out the next few weeks allotment to pay the balance of $1.10 to the magistrate. The old man and his bride were then allowed to depart happily for their home. Louisville Currier Journal
Source: Davenport Daily Leader, Davenport, Iowa, March 4, 1894

1895Sunbright Dispatch:  The ninth district is all torn up over the arrest  of  Berry Goad, who is charged by Mrs. “Doc” England, his sister-in-law, with criminal assault.  The hearing  will be held at Wartburg Saturday before Squire C. W. Potter.  Goad denies the charge and says that everything was all right until his sister, upon suddenly entering the house discovered Mrs. England and himself in a  compromising position.  It is expected that the evidence in the case will  be racy.
Source:  Daily Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Knox County, Tenn.; Sunday, January 27, 1895


David H. Cooper Accidentally Killed at Mossy Creek
Fell With a Scaffold While Painting a House – His Father and Brother  Also Injured

Special to the Journal –
Mossy Creek, Tenn., June 28 – A most horrifying and fatal accident occurred this morning in the Carsonville addition to Mossy Creek, in which David  H. Cooper was dashed to an instantaneous death, his father perhaps fatally injured and a younger brother painfully hurt.
The father and two sons were engaged in the erection of a commodious two-story house, which was to be the father’s dwelling, he having recently removed here from Wartburg, Morgan county – when the scaffolding tore  loose from the building and hurled the unfortunate three to the ground, fully  forty feet below. David Cooper’s neck was broken and his side badly crushed, so that he died instantly.  His father Lindsay Cooper sustained a fracture of the right leg, three ribs are broken, his face badly cut and it is feared there are internal injuries; while the younger brother, Lewis, received only slight  bruises, which are painful but not dangerous. The deceased was a graduate of Carson and Newman college, class of ’95, and a most promising young man, and had just begun preparing for a thorough course  in law.  He was an Odd Fellow, and only a week ago had united with  the order of the Golden Cross, taking their insurance policy in favor of  his young wife for $2,000.

Hope’s are entertained for the older man’s recovery, though is condition is most critical.

SOURCE:  Daily Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee;
Saturday, June 29, 1895

November 20 1895
He Came This Way

Last Thursday a young man named JOSEPH D KELLY was hit with a single tree in the hands of a negro by the name of CHARLES HURD. The young man’s skull was so crushed that he died Saturday morning. The murder occured near Joynersville Morgan County, a small town a few miles from Harriman.  [Crossville  Chronicle]
Mob Gathers to Attack the Jail at Wartburg
Young Negro who Murdered Jim Kelley in Morgan County Probably Dead Already – Jail Guarded

Special to The Journal    Wartburg, Tenn., via Lancing,
November 20 – All day it has been rumored that horsemen were scouring the  country preparatory to lynching Charles Hurd, the murderous young negro who on last Thursday assaulted Joseph D. Kelley, a young man residing nine miles east of here.  Word has just reached  here that a mob is forming at Liberty church, three miles east of here and are momentarily expected and there is
little doubt that Hurd will never see the light of another day.  He seems to realize that his fate  is
sealed and at this hour lies cowardly in his cell moaning and praying. Deputy Sheriff John M. Langley has summoned a small posse to aid in repelling the expected attack but it is not thought that much resistance will be offered.  The best citizens of this place condemn lynch law but nothing can save Hurd from the vengeance of young Kelley’s friends.  His fate is sealed at the close of this writing.
Hurd, by swapping clothes with a brother and starting the brother off  through the mountains in a different direction from the one he took succeeded in fooling the bloodhounds as they are after his brother.
NOTE:  Trascribed as written; Headline stating Jim Kelly murdered  should
be Joe..Joseph D. Kelly, son of James Benson Kelly and Barbara  Robinson.
SOURCE:  Daily Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee;
Thursday, November 21, 1895


Two People Killed and a Number Severely Injured at Petros, Tenn.

Chattanooga, Tenn., June 26. – A terrific explosion of blasting  powder occurred at the Petros, Tenn., railway station for state convict mines at Brushy Mountain Thursday afternoon. It demolished the general store  and hotel kept by Sam Joyner.  Several kegs of powder, which were in  the building, were evidently ignited by Willis Joyner, the little son of  the proprietor, who was burned to death.  A stranger named Maiden was  killed and a number of persons in the building were seriously injured.  Mrs.  Eliza Schubert, manager of the hotel, was, perhaps, fatally hurt.  A special train with physicians was sent to the scene of the accident.

Source:  Marietta Daily Leader, Marietta, Ohio, June 27, 1896


Junius Parker Addressed Morgan County Sound Money Democrats, Special to the Journal

Wartburg, Tenn., Oct 3 – The sound money democrats of Wartburg had a flag raising today. A large 12×25 foot flag was hoisted on a pole about 75 feet high.  It  was raised in front of the home of James F. Llewellyn, one of the most prominent democrats in Morgan county.  Junius Parker, Esq., of Knoxville, made the address of the day, and was greeted by a very large crowd.

There are quite a number of sound money democrats in Morgan county and they  are gaining in
strength every day.  There are also about one hundred and fifty sound  Germans in Morgan county,
who are fighting Bryan and free silver.

Source:   Daily Journal and Tribune, Knoxville, Knox County,  Tennessee;
Sunday, October 4, 1896


To be the mother of many children is ranked among nature’s chief blessings but when the cares of the busy housewife are added to the trials of frequent motherhood, it is too great a burden for a woman who is not in prime health arid condition. Every woman who is called upon to bear the ordeal of bringing many children into the world needs the support and reinforcement of that wonderful strength promoting “Favorite Prescription” originated by Dr. R. V. Pierce, chief consulting physician of the Invalids’ Hotel and Surgical institute, Buffalo, N. Y., and one of the most eminent of living specialists.Mrs. David H. Langley, of Lancing, Morgan Co.,Tenn., in a recent letter to Dr. Pierce, writes: I am now thirty-six years old and have given birth to ten children. Eight only are living. I have twin boys six years old. The same spring after they were born I was confined to my bed all spring and summer with female complaint; had it so badly I could hardly walk around the house without feeling worse. I was restless at night, sleep almost left me, and I was almost a skeleton. I did not call my doctor as I had tried the doctors twice before when I was down with the same trouble, and my husband paid out a great deal for me. I received no lasting benefit; I had almost lost all hope of being able to do anything. My husband had to work very hard and I could not even attend to the babies. No one can know the distress of my mind as well as body. Dr. Pierce’s favorite prescription was the only medicine that seemed to do me any good. After I had taken the first bottle and  part of the second. I could sleep well and all mytroubles began to get better. I believe I took eight bottles and then I felt like a different person. I gave birth to another baby and my old complaint came back. I began using the “Favorite Prescription” and was soon relieved and was able to do my work, including the washing”.
Source: Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska, December 25, 1898
J.A. HAMBY more familiar known as GUNTER was born in Morgan Co in 1843 and  is in his 55th year. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army and  participated in battles of Fishing Creek and Shilo. He was discharged shortly after  the last named battle because of sickness. After peace was declared he began  studing and teaching. Being an inveterate reader his range of study and investigation was very wide and he aquired a store of useful knowledge which enabled  him to direct the young as well as to qualify him for the ministry which he  entered at age 25. He was ordained to preach by the Christian church. He  taught for several years in the state of Kentucky and went from the latter to  Texas, where he resided for a period of years. He was admitted to the bar, but  never followed the calling to any great extent.
March 23 1898 Crossville Chronicle
June 1 1898
Miss MATTIE FARMER of Hebbertsburg, and SAMUEL WEATHERFORD of Morgan Co. were married at Pine Orchard
Source: Crossville Chronicle

1899Byrd Freel and J. H. Satterwaithe, two well known farmers of Sunbright, Tenn., quarreled over a dog of the former that had disappeared, Freel accusing Satterwaithe of killing the animal. Freel drew a revolver and shot Satterwaithe, killing him instantly. Freel claims that Satterwaithe threatened to kill him.

Source:  Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky, April 8, 1899

Robert Hudson, a fireman on the Cincinnati Southern railroad, was killed near Sunbright, Tenn.
Lima Daily Democratic Times, Lima, Ohio, Feb 23, 1889
Sale of Coal and Mineral Lands
Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 5 – Michigan capitalists who have been here for some time have closed a deal with John M. Davis and others, of Morgan county, Tenn., for several thousand acres of coal and mineral land. The railroad from Harriman to Waterbury will be extended into the property which will be developed. A bond issue will be floated for the railroad enterprise.
Source: Lima News, Lima, Ohio, December 4, 1899
Mrs. Keith, of Spencerville and Mrs. C B Sharp, of north Jackson street,
left yesterday for a visit with Mrs. H. R. Post, of Rugby, Tenn. Source: Lima Daily News, Lima, Ohio, September 20, 1899

CHATTANOOGA. Tenn.. Oct. 25,.
President George P. Howard of the Crooked Fork Coal & Coke company at Petros, Brushy Mountain, Tenn.. stated today that the strike at the mines had been adjusted and 300 men will return
to work at once.
Source:  Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Nebraska; October 26, 1900

Suit Between Two Counties of State of Tennessee.
Knoxville, Tenn., August 18 (Special)
A bill was filed In the chancery court at Kingston, Tenn., styled Roane County vs Morgan County, in which it is to regain territory taken from Roane county and attached to Morgan by the last legislature. There was considerable feeling over the matter last winter, both sides to the controversy having a
lobby at Nashville before the legislature, but Morgan county was successful, and the bill passed. Now Roane county will attempt to hold the territory on the constitutional ground that it has not the
number of square miles it is entitled to under the constitution. It will be a hard fought lawsuit.
Source: Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, August 19, 1901

A Sad Case
Knoxville. Tenn.. Oct. 21.
Just as the case of Clarence Peake, charged with murder of Silas Hulin, of Clinton.Tenn., was about to be called in the supreme court here yesterday, the supposed dead man appeared and announced that he had been in Colorado and had come back to prove Peake’s innocence. Peake, who is the  son of a prominent family, had been sentenced in a lower court to ten years in the penitentiary, but is now in the insane asylum near here, a raving maniac, because of the charge against him.
Source: Daily Chronicle, Elyria, Ohio,October 21, 1902

Source:  Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga, February 10, 1903
Two Miners Killed

Petros, Tenn., February 9, - Hugh Webster and John Fry were killed by
falling slate in the Tennessee Blue Gem Coal Company's coal mine today.  Both men leave large families.

An incident occurred at Sunbright Tenn., Saturday, which is out of the common run. Ernest Dunnigan, who seems to have been something of a desperado, bore a grudge against W. E. Kennedy. Dunnigan went to Kennedy’s house, called him out and announced: “You kill me or I’ll kill
you,” Instead of waiting for Dunnigan to shoot him, as the latter evidently he would, ‘Kennedy violated the usual rules of such procedure by instantly shooting and killing Dunnigan. We have no idea that Kennedy will be punished. In fact he ought to be discharged with the thanks of the court for ridding the community of a terror and a constant menace. It’s an awful thing to shed human blood—to take human life. But when the bully who goes about with the constant purpose in his mind to maim or kill his fellow creatures, with or without provocation, is shot down, as he deserves to be, we heave a sigh of relief and feel like congratulating the one who does the disagreeable duty for doing great public service.
Landmark, Statesville, North Carolina, Sept. 22, 1903
Pilot Mountain, Tenn.,
Scene of Double Crime
Sunbright, Tenn., Sept. 23 – At
Pilot Mountain on the Cincinnati Southern, a large grocery store of Dennis brothers was burned last night after several hundred dollars worth of goods had been hauled away by robbers. Losses, $2500 to stock and $1000 to the building. The post office in the building was destroyed but the stamps and money were in an iron safe and were saved. There is no clue to the guilty parties.
Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, Sept. 24, 1903

Sentenced to Life TermsKnoxville, Tenn – Nov. 25
Henry Fritts and Robert Hughes were sentenced at Wartburg, Tenn., today to serve terms of life imprisonment for the murder of George Edmonds at Oliver Springs last spring. Both men will be brought to Knoxville for safe keeping pending an appeal to the Supreme court.

Source: Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA, November 26, 1904

Joseph Duncan had lived Forty Years on his Farm
(Review Special Service.)
Moweaqua. Ills. March 31.
Joseph Duncan died Thursday at 12:30 a.m. aged 88 years. Mr Duncan was born in Morgan county, Tenn. in 1817. At the age of 23 he was married to Miss Susan Debaul of Washington County, Tenn.
They moved to Illinois in 1849 and in 1867 they settled on a farm near Moweaqua. They have been living near Moweaqua for nearly forty years. Three years ago his wife died leaving him with his children, Mrs. Mary C. Francis,  M.T. Duncan and Joseph Duncan, Jr., of Mowequa and J. T. Duncan of Decatur. Mr. Duncan was a well respected citizen by all who knew him. Since a young man he has been a member of the Baptist church. Funeral services will he held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, Rev. Mr. Cooper officiating.
Source: March 31, 1905,  Daily Review, Decatur, Illinois

Source:  Washington Post, Washington, D.C., April 17, 1906Petros, Tenn., Destroyed

Knoxville, Tenn., April 16. – Fire at Petros, Tenn., destroyed nearly the entire business section to-night, causing loss estimated at close to $40,000.  The fire started in the Williams’ general store,
and within one hour, eight buildings, all frame, were on fire.

Suicide’s Body Shipped Home.
The body of George W Ewell of Deer Lodge, Morgan County, Tenn, who committed suicide here on Tuesday was shipped to Dyersburg, Tenn last night for burial. M. W. Ewell a brother of the suicide has arranged for the Interment    Source: Washington Post, Washington, D.C.   November 15, 1907

Negroe’s Bloody Work, Chattanooga, Tenn, Jan 20
David Langley. Jr., night watchman at the Cincinnati Southern bridge near Annadel, Tenn., wa shot and killed by an unknown negro. Before committing the murder the negro kicked a freight conductor in the head. The negro tramp had stolen an overcoat belonging to Langley and was followed to Annadel by the watchman, where the theif alighted and proceeded to a cabin. Securing the assistance of Night Operator Browning, the two men went to the house.The negro tramp met them at the door and knocked Mr. Browning, who carried a pistol, to the ground, with an axe. Picking up the pistol dropped by the operator. the negro shot the bridge watchman through the heart, killing him instantly. He then escaped through the woods. Brownings skull is fractured and it is said that he cannot recover. Source: Coshocton Daily Times, Coshocton, Ohio, January 20, 1908
News has reached Chattanooga, Tenn., to the effect that a posse of Morgan county citizens captured and lynched Walter Cole, the negro who Monday killed Walter Langley, a Cincinnati Southern bridge watchman at Annadel,Tenn. The posse had followed Cole all night, finally surrounding him in the woods. The negro resisted arrest and the posse opened fire, riddling his body with bullets.
Source: Daily Kennebec Journal, Kennebec, Maine, January 22, 1908

Her Husbands Die in Duel
Woman had Divorced Both and then Rewedded the First
Little Rock, Ark., Aug. 1
A Coroner’sn jury which investigated the killing of Ben Barger, an employee of the Tennessee Brewing Company of Memphis, and G. M. Gaynon, a member of the Fire Department of this city,
returned a verdict that each came by his death from shots fired from the other. Mrs. Gaynon some time ago obtained a divorce from Gaynon and married Barger, but after one year divorced. Barger and remarried her first husband. Bager sent Gaynon this written challenge: “You have got my wife and you have got to fight me. Are you man enough? Please name the place we can meet. You are a coward if you don’t fight”. He also attempted to inveigle Mrs. Gaynon from home with a false message to her that he had shot himself and was asking for her. Barger was the stepbrother of Mrs. Gaynon, his mother is still living at Rugby, Tenn.
Source: Wellsboro Gazette, Wellsboro, Penn., August 4, 1910

ONE HUNDRED OR MORE DEADFrom the Mine Explosion and Majority of Bodies Likely to Be Found Today


Fifty-six Women Widowed and 184 Children Orphaned by the Disaster at Briceville – Workmen
Still Attempting to Force the Cross Mountain Mine to Give up the Dead

Briceville, Tenn., Dec. 11 – With  sixteen bodies recovered and identified rescue parties today renewed their hacking and digging in an attempt to force the big Cross  Mountain mine here to give up its dead. Having forced their way three miles into the mountain and bratticed most of the mine’s cross entries, members of the rescue crew expect to stumble onto corpse  strewn chambers at any hour now.   Discovery of the first body of this morning came at 10 o’clock, when a dead miner was found in a sitting posture in one of the interior chambers. He was Andrew Johnson. It is estimated the explosion rendered 56 women widows and made 184 children orphans. That there are 100 or more dead men remaining in the mine there is no doubt.  All hope of rescuing any of the scores who went to their toll Saturday morning to be embraced by death has been abandoned.  The discovery late last night more bodies prompted crowds to gather at the death cave-in early this morning. Weeping wives, made widows by Saturday’s dust blast in the Knoxville Iron company’s mine, came to the shaft entrance in scores this morning, prepared to meet their dead. In a warehouse but a short step from the mine entrance are great aurabers of coffins waiting for their occupants. Corpses in plenty for these coffins will be found in the mine early this afternoon, it is believed. Possibly the majority of the victims will be found today. Of the eight corpses discovered last night three were sitting bolt upright in a mine car while the bodies of five others were lying on the ground. Their deaths came by explosion of dust. Charles Kesterson, whose body was among the first discovered, was found at the telephone back in the mine by the rescuing crew. Evidently Kesterson was trying to  phone news of the blast to the officeof the mines when he was struck by falling debris. His skull was badly mashed and his body was cut.

Thousands Visited Scene. At least 10.000 persons visited this hamlet and willing workers were many. George P. Chanler. president of the Tennessee Coal company, is in charge of the relief work. He divided the men into gangs of 50 and sent each shift into the working for two hours. Even when the air in the mine was at its best they could not work longer in there. The throng of visitors is largely responsible for the exhaustion of food supplies in Briceville. All stores are bare of eatables and many went hungry. However, hunger will not be long an added horror to relatives of the Victims, as Knoxville” and other -cities are rushing food supplies.

Straining on the ropes that keep the throng back from the mine opening are the relatives of victims, anxiously awaiting some word of life within the yawning mouth of the death trap. The situation becomes more intense as each car of debris is brought to the surface, for, its driver might bring some word, or with the debris, might be the body of a loved one. The shrill whistle of the special train bringing coffins brought another horror to the already dazed inhabitants of the little town. The special brought 100 boxes and they were piled near the mouth of the mine. A terrible pall of silent sorrow exists about the mouth of the mine as thousands congregate, some standing for hours and others moving momentarily from one point of  vantage to another.

Officials Are Reticent.
No official or semi-official opinion has been given out as to the cause of the disaster.  President T. I. Stephenson had nothing to say in answer to this inquiry. It is generally believed however, that the
disaster was due to a dust explosion.
Mine officials also continue to decline to give out any positive information on the number of men who went to work in the mine, but it is thought that the number was between 100
and 200.
[Source: Mansfield News, December 11, 1911]
Fireman Henry Angel of Oakdale, Tenn., and several trainmen were injured when a Cincinnati, New Orleans & Texan Pacific  limited was wrecked in a tunnnel near Burnside, Ky.
Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana December 22, 1911

Sheriff and Fugitive Exchange Shots and Both Are Killed.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn,, June 14.—Deputy Sheriff John Sliger and Joe Tipton, whom he was trying to arrest, killed each other tonight on the public highway near Rugby, Tenn, Tipton had been drinking and was firing his pistol promiscuously when Sliger demanded his surrender. Tlpton turned his weapon on the officer and the two men began shooting simultaneously. When the smoke had cleared away both were dead, within a short distance of each other,
Source: Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana June 15, 1913
Two Brothers Killed in a Soft Drink Stand
Petros, Tenn., December 25
William and Robert Russell, brothers, were shot and instantly killed here late last night
and Beecher Holmes and his younger brother, charged with murder, are being held in the Petros
branch of the state prison. The Russell brothers were in a soft drink stand when, it is alleged, the Holmes brothers came in and began shooting. Officers say the double tragedy followed action
by William and Robert Russell in  giving evidence against the Holmes brothers in connection with whisky selling charges. Threats of a double lynching caused the officers to place the accused men in the branch state prison. Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia, 12/26/1913


OAKDALE, TENN., Nov. 19 – In a duel with pistols her late this  afternoon, Wm. Jackson, aged 35, was shot and almost instantly killed by his brother Samuel Jackson aged 30.  As William fell he fired twice  at his brother both bullets taking effect.  Samuel was reported  dying late tonight.
The brothers, both whom are married, lived together with their  families. It is said that they became involved in an argument while intoxicated and the shooting followed.

Source:  Montgomery-Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama, Thursday,  November  20, 1913; p. 10

1916OLIVER SPRINGS, Tenn., May 23.
While John and Chester Shoopman, cousins, were “playing soldier”, a shotgun in the hands of John was discharged, the charge entering his thigh and wounding him so seriously that his condition is critical, as lock jaw is feared. They didn’t know the gun was loaded. They were at the home of John, about five miles from Oliver Springs. They were drilling with the guns at the time the shooting occured. John is twenty and his cousin is twenty one. Source: Kingsport Times, Kingsport,Tennessee,6/25/1916

Knoxville, June 10 – Tom Chrismas and Otto Stevens, charged with the killing of George Lewis, of Knoxville, near Clinton, on the night of May 30, who have eluded pursuit by a number of posses, were captured last night near Harriman. Christmas and Stevens were held in the office of Chief of Police W. W. Roberts, at Harriman, and this morning were brought here. They were placed in jail with John McClure and Charles Petree, who are alleged to have confessed to a minor part, in the killing of George Lewis and the assault on Andrew Crumley, Knoxville taxicab driver, the night of May 30 in the woods near Clinton, and a subsequent attempt to rob the bank at Oakdale. Posses have been searching the hills of Roane and Anderson, Morgan and adjoining counties for the remaining members of the band since Petree and McClure; were captured several days after the attempted bank robbery.
Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tenn., 6/16/1921

Robbins-Satterfield Wedding
Miss Gladys Satterfield and Ben Robbins of Oakdale,Tenn. were married
yesterday afternoon at Pineville. They will leave Saturday for Chattanooga
where the will make their home.
Source: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, Kentucky, March 30, 1923
The Morgan County Potato Growers, Association, which grew a considerable acreage of potatoes under supervision of County Agent Robert L. Lyons this year, made their first co-operative shipment recently. Twenty-five farmers co-operated in making up a car of 230,150 pounds in bags which they shipped to a Birmingham firm. They received $3.50 per bag f. o. b. Sunbright, Morgan county. The local market, which was limited, had been around $1.00 to $1.25 per bushel.. The association received a little better than SI. 30 net on the shipment. A. L. Jordan assisted Agent Lyons
in grading and handling the potatoes. Mr. Jordan stated that the farmers were highly pleased with
the results as well as the firm which purchased the potatoes. There will be from 15 to 20 more carloads shipped from the county, the crop being Agent Lyons’ major project.
By the Associated Press.  Kingsport Times, Kingsport, Tenn.; Oct. 2, 1923

Gunshot Victim FoundCLINTON.Tenn., July 23.
Lansdon Farris, 27 years old, former convict, was arrested yesterday morning
at Laurel Fork, near Petros by Deputy Sheriff Bunch, and lodged in the jail here yesterday afternoon, charged with the murder of Dee Cockrum. 30 years old, whose body was found in the woods near Laurel Fork, having been shot in the back with a shot gun. Farris was arraigned here yesterday afternoon before Justice of the Peace J. K. Arthur, and held under a bond of $10,000 to wait the action of the grand jury. Cockrum, who was a cook for the Ladd Lumber company, left home about noon on July 17, and had not been seen alive again so far as can be ascertained. Source: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY July 23, 1924
CLINTON.Tenn., July 23. Lansdon Farris, 27 years old, former convict, was arrested yesterday morning at Laurel Fork, near Petros, by Deputy Sheriff Bunch, and lodged in the jail here yesterday
afternoon, charged with the murder of Dee Cockrum 30 years old, whose body was found in the woods near Laurel Fork, having been shot in the back with a shot gun. Farris was arraigned here
yesterday afternoon before Justice of the Peace J. K. Arthur, and held under a bond of $10,000 to wait the action of the grand jury. Cockrum, who was a cook for theLadd Lumber company, left home about noon on July 17, and had not been seen alive again so far as can be ascertained.
Source: Middlesboro Daily News, Middlesboro, KY, July 23, 1924

Know Your Pastor
Rev. Charles A. York, pastor of the M. E. Church. South Brunswick, was born in Rose, Tenn., on
May 29, 1891. He was educated at Randolph-Macon college, at Ashland, Va., Dunsmore Business College, Staunton, Va.. University of Maryland Law School, at Baltimore, and at Emory University, theology at Atlanta, Ga. Rev. Mr. York has served pastorates at Savage, Md., for six months as
a supply; two years at Ballston, Va., and is now in his second year at Brunswick. At Ballston, he was the first full-time pastor. With a church membership of 81, the first unit of a new $60.000 church was substantially completed. During the World War. he entered the infantry as a private and was discharged in 1919 as a Second Lieutenant.
Source: Frederick Post, Frederick, Maryland, October 9, 1926

Oakdale, Tenn, May 17 (AP) Willie Campbell, Negro of Columbus, Ga, sought by a posse since Thursday for stabbing Marion Goodman, Southern Railway Detective, in the railroad yards here,
was captured today after a gun battle in which he was seriously wounded. Officers said he confessed he attacked the officer. More than two hundred men participated in the hunt. Bloodhounds had been following the Negro since Friday. Late last night he was surrounded in a wood near here and this morning members of the posse began closing in. As they came in sight, Campbell drew a pistol but before he could shoot scores of bullets were fired at him. He was felled with a bullet through his abdomen, one through his arm and another through his leg. Goodman was attacked after arresting
Campbell and another Negro for trespassing on railroad property. The detective was in a Chattanooga hospital today in a serious condition with eight knife wounds.
Reno Evening Gazette, Reno, Nevada; May 17, 1930

The Chronicle Telegram
Elyria, Ohio

…Frederic A. Whiting, Director of the Cleveland Museum of Art,
born at Oakdale, Tenn., 58 years ago.


Mrs. Clyde Bradford, S. Central ave, and children, Ruth and Edward, were to return Sunday from
Rockwood. Tenn., where they visited Mr. Charles Lehman, father of Mrs. Bradford. They will
be accompanied by Mrs. William Shelley, St. Johns, and children, Juanita and Theodore, who
have been visiting Mrs. Shelley’s father, William Lehman, of Deermount, Tenn.
Source:  Lima News, Lima, Ohio, Aug 9, 1931

Oakdale, Tenn.—(UP)—A railway Signal man, suffering from a possibly fractured skull, heroically averted a wreck of the crack Ponce de Leon passenger train, Detroit to Miami, today, by flagging the flier to safety before it reached a landslide which have wrecked his rail motor car and caused his injury. He was W. D. Waters, who with R. C. Kelly, was speeding on an inspection tour of the electric block system of the line when their small car struck the landslide. Waters was thrown 50 feet, and suffered a possible fracture of the skull at the base of the brain. Kelly was hurled upon a rock pile. Pulling Kelly to safety. Waters deliberately damaged the block system’s wires in a manner he knew would result in red danger lights ahead for the fast approaching Ponce de Leon. He then stumbled up the track, waving a red fuse of warning. Thundering down the track among the Tennessee hills, the crack train screeched to a stop just at the edge of the landslide. The debris was then cleared away and the train rumbled on its way southward. Waters and Kelly were taken to a hospital at Rockwood, where Kelly was found suffering from a painful scalp wound and wrenched  back. Both men are married, and live at Lancing, Tenn.  Source: Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, 11/21/1933

Stolen Ransom Money Turns Up In TennesseeBulletin    Wartburg, Tenn., Oct 19 –
A five dollar bill, believed to be part of the $50,000 ransom payment for Mrs. Berry Stoll, was discovered in the Citizens Bank and Trust Company here today. H. W. Summers, president of the bank, said the bill bore the same serial numbers as those received on a list he received from
federal agents.  The bill was taken in yesterday, he said.The Chroncile Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, October 19, 1934


PILOT KILLED IN MAIL CRASHWreckage if found 150 miles off course in Mountains of Tennessee  Sunbright, Tenn., Dec. 24 (AP) –
The charred wreckage of an American Airlines mail plane and the crushed and burned body of its pilot, Russell Riggs of Fort Worth, Texas, was found Sunday near the top of Big Pilot Mountain, four miles east of here. The plane had been missing since 2:52 a. m. Saturday, shortly after leaving Louisville, Kentucky, for Nashville, Tennessee. Apparently lost in a fog over the Cumberland mountains of East Tennessee, the pilot had flown approximately 150 miles off his course.
 Just Missed Top
The ship had crashed into the  mountain, barely fifty feet from its top, and burned. The body
of Riggs, badly burned and torn, lay face down beside the motor. Five or six pouches of mail and several packages of photographs were scattered near the plane, but were undamaged. Two mountaineers, Kermit Freels, 23, and brother Theodore Freels, 27, discovered the wreckage at 10:00 a.m., after a two hour search. They lived two miles from the scene, the nearest house.
Thought it was Auto
“A plane passed right over our house about 4 o’clock Saturday morning,” Kermit Freels said. “I stepped out of the house, thinking it was an automobile coming.”It was foggy and the plane was flying low. I could make out its lights. The motor was running good: I said to the folks “That plane has got to raise some to get over that mountain.’ It had not over but about three minutes when I heard a noise, and saw a light up on the mountain, but I thought at the time the plane had gotten over..
Started Search
‘”Sunday, me and my brother heard about a plane wrecking and we went out to look for it. “We found it “about twenty steps from the top of Big Pilot mountain.” If the pilot had raised about  fifty feet he would have gotten over. “The plane had torn up the mountain – side like dynamite, and
torn the tops our of six or eight trees”. Freels said he and his brother came down the mountain side, walked to Sunbright, and got a message to the sheriff. Sheriff .H.C. Byrge and several of his deputies went to the scene to stand guard until other authorities arrived.
Body Carried Two Miles
A. two-mile trip down the mountain side was necessary to carry the pilot’s body to an ambulance.
A representative of the department of commerce and a postal inspector were reported- en route. from Nashville.  National guard planes and several ships sent out by the Airlines spent Saturday searching the area between Nashville and Louisville for the unreported ship. Its route was Cleveland, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis, Little Rock,  Texarkana, Dallas and Fort Worth. It was due at Sky Harbor, near Nashville, at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.
Gettysburg Times, Gettysburg, PA, Dec 24, 1934
Tennessee Man Offers Grazing Land For Stock
Thousands of acres of rich grazing land in eastern Tennessee are available to Nebraska stockmen who are faced with the problem of finding feed for their drouth stricken herds, the state veterinarian was informed Monday in a letter from a Tennessee man. H. C. Nelson, of Sunbright. Tenn, wrote that he has 3,500 acres of fine grazing land of his own on the Cumberland plateau and an “unlimited range”‘ is close at hand. Nelson said the range will be ample to provide feed for stock until
November or early December
Source: Lincoln Star, Lincoln, Nebraska, July 9, 1934

Green Drake and Mrs. Emma Tallman, of Sunbright. Tenn., are visiting friends in town. They were called here by the death of Mrs. C. L. Osborne.
Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, WV, Jan 20, 1935

Source:  The Nashua Reporter, Nashua, Iowa, May 15, 1935Puzzling Waters–The waters of one of the creeks near Petros, Tenn., are black six days in the week and clear on Sunday. Miners use the stream to wash coal on working days, but rest on Sunday.



Girl Wife Gets Divorce
Wartburg, Tenn., July 3, (INS)
Alma Ruffner Honeycutt, 14-year old girl-wife, yesterday had been handed a six months “bed and board divorce”. from her 23 year-old husband, Harold. Chancellor A.H. Wallace awarded the child-mother the “bed and board divorce”, described by attorneys as a “legal separation” after Alma told him “I really don’t want a divorce”. In addition to the six months separation, Chancellor Wallace ordered Honeycutt to pay  his young wife $17.50 a month for  support of the child, a boy born last December. Lee M. Jeffers, Mrs. Honeycutt’s  attorney, explained the decree merely gives Alrna that long to make up her mind whether she wants an absolute divorce or not. “I still love him and still want to live with him,” Alma told the court. Mrs. Honeycutt won the decree on a cross-bill which she filed Monday in answer to her husband’s suit. Honeycutt’s petition, which charged Alma with “cruel and inhuman treatment,” was dismissed when he failed to appear In court.
Source: Hammond Times, Hammond, Indiana, July 3, 1937

ANOTHER FELLER?A 17-year-old schoolboy shows promise of emulating the feats of Cleveland’s Bob Feller. Sammy
Bertram pitched a no-hit, no-run game for Sunbright, Tenn., against Lancing…won, 2-0.
Lima News, Lima, Ohio, August 7, 1940


Prominent Tennesseans, 1796-1938
Who’s Who Publishing Co.
Lewisburg,  Tennessee
Copyright, 1940

pg. 277


Postmistress at Wartburg, Tennessee.   Born at Wartburg, Tennessee on October 11, 1906, of  English-Irish ancestry, to Charles H. and Dora Tony Davis.   Paternal grandparents were Reuben and Lucinda Summers Davis; maternal  grandparents were John and Julia Scott Tony.  Educated in the public and  high schools of Morgan County, at Wartburg.  Member of the  Baptist  Church; a Democrat.  Mrs. Adkins was appointed Postmaster at Wartburg on  October 1, 1933 by President
F.D. Roosevelt.  Mrs. Adkins was sponsored  by Senators McKellar and Bachman.  She had not been before the public  prior to becoming Postmistress.  Both of her grandfathers were soldiers  in the Civil War; her paternal grandfather being a Colonel.  Since being  appointed to U.S. Postal service, Mrs. Adkins has proven her ability to be  a postmaster and the condition of the affairs of her office prove her  efficiency.  Her maternal grandmother, Julia Scott, was a descendant of  the Scott family which was among the earliest settlers of this section of  the state.  Mrs. Adkins married D. N. Adkins on December  3, 1922.  She is the mother of four children:  Juanita,  13; Donald, 12; Virginia Lee, 11; Betty Lou, 9.  Prior to  becoming  Postmaster, Mrs. Adkins managed the Davis Hotel at Wartburg for a period of  about a year.  Her  hobby is outdoor sports.


Prominent Tennesseans, 1796-1938
Who’s Who Publishing Co.
Lewisburg,  Tennessee
Copyright, 1940

pg. 277

BROCK, WILLIAM RILEY, Sheriff of Morgan County. Born in  Morgan County on Sept. 8, 1873, of English-Scotch-Irish descent.  His  parents were Milton T. and Cordelia T. Kesterson.  His paternal  grandparents were Lindsay and ( ) Brock.  His maternal grandparents  were James and Elizabeth Walker Kesterson.  Educated in the public  schools of Morgan County.  Member of the Baptist Church; Mason; K.P.;  Republican.  Mr. Brock was elected Sheriff in August, 1936 over his  opponent by an overwhelming majority.  Previous to this he had served  as Deputy Sheriff for five years.  Prior to that he was in the lumber  business for several years, was Postmaster at Pilot Mountain for twenty  years, and was store manager for a lumber company.  His long public  career has earned for him a reputation of dependability.  His  overwhelming vote on his election as sheriff is evidence of the  high esteem in which he is held by the citizens of his county. Mr. Brock  is the father of ten children:  Mrs. Delta Mae Smith; Virgil Brock; Mrs.  Mabel Emerson; Otto Brock; Mrs. Bertie Anderson; Ava Brock; Carl T. Brock;  Edward Brock; Hazel; William Riley, Jr.  Mr. Brock has eleven  grandchildren.  He says that his hobby is “making friends”.  His  grandfather
Kesterson and his father fought with the Federal forces   during the Civil War.  He was first married to Malissa M. Phipps on  August 2, 1892, and later to Susie Gann on  January 15, 1900.

Former Brunswick Man Given Post
Major A. C. York, Cousin Of Sergt. Alvin York, New Morale Officer
Fort Monroe, Va., Aug. 26—
Major Charles Asbury York, 50, of Brunswick, Md.. third cousin of Sgt. Alvin York, legendary hero of World War No.I, has been appointed Post Morale Officer and assistant E and R officer at this station. Born in Burrville. Morgan County, Tenn., less than a dozen miles from the birthplace of Sgt. York, whose life is being emblazoned on the screens of the nation in a feature motion picture, Major York was called to active service from the ranks of reserve officers. He was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the 319th Infantry Division while at Camp Lee in the officers training camp. Prior to his call to active duty Major York .served as Conference Director of Young People’s Work and extension secretary to the Baltimore Conference, Methodist-  Episcopal Church South. Following studies at Randolph Macon College, a law course at the Univ ersity of Maryland, Major York was ordained as a Methodist minister after completing theological  studies at the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. The minister-soldier has served in pastorates of Covington, Va, Arlington, Va., Brunswick, Md.. Savage, Md., and Union. W. V Frederick Post, Frederick, Maryland; August 27, 1941

Police said they were holding Glen Branstetter, 17, of Deer Lodge, Tenn., as a suspect in the shooting of Jess Phillips, 57, of Sunbright, Tenn., Aug. 10. They said Branstetter would be returned to Wartburg,Tenn., to face charges of murder. Source: Vidette Messenger, Valparaiso, Indiana September 10, 1942

Miss Stringfield to Become Bride of Donald Abbott
Mr. and Mrs. James Sexton, 1247 Adams st, announce the approaching marriage of their grand-daughter, Miss Hazel Stringfield, to Donald Abbott, son of Mrs. Mildred Rhees of Sidney.
Sunday, Oct. 20, is the date selected for the wedding, to be solemnized at 1:45 o’clock in the
afternoon in the South Lima Baptist church. The Rev. J.C. Clasper, pastor, will officiate and the custom of open church will be observed. A reception will be held in the Sexton home following the ceremony. Miss Stringfield was graduated from Wartberg high school in Wartburg, Tenn. Mr. Abbott attended Sidney High School and served three years in the Navy.
Lima News, Lima, Ohio, Oct. 11, 1946

Mule Keeps Vigil
LANCING, TENN. Mitchell Griffith of Lancing purchased a mule in Scott County and began his 30-mile return trip to Lancing on foot, leading the animal. When two weeks passed and Griffith did not return, a searching party was sent out. Sixteen days later the party found Griffith’s body atop a remote mountain and there standing over his master’s body was the Scott County mule. A coroner’s jury said the man had died of natural causes. Source: Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, Ohio, 4/10/1947

1950PARKER, RUBY SUMMER – Marine Flies Home to Bury 4 in Family

Sunbright, Tenn. (AP) – A Marine Corps veteran who recently had  been fighting in Korea was flying home Tuesday to bury his wife and  three children.   M/Sgt. John B. Parker, a 25-year veteran of the corps, is scheduled to arrive here Thursday.  The funeral services will be held Friday at 1:30  p.m. in Sunbright Baptist Church.

Mrs. Ruby Summer Parker, 45, and two of her children, Judy, 10, and Thomas, 2 were found dead “from some kind of gas” when two of her brothers broke down the door of her home last Saturday. The other child, Bryan Parker, 11, and Miss Betty Edith Tinch, 20, who operated a beauty parlor on the first floor of the residence, died Sunday in a hospital. The two smaller children were found in their beds, but the mother, the beautician, and the oldest boy were found on the floor.  A telephone hook its hook indicated they had tried to get help before becoming overcome  by the deadly gas. Services for Ms. Tinch will be held Wednesday at the Presbyterian Church  in nearby Allardt.

Source:  Kingsport News, Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tenn.; December  13, 1950, p. 3

Prison Marooned by Mountain LandslidePetros, Tenn., (AP) –  Brushy mountain prison stands virtually marooned Thursday following the
slide of a mile-long chip of Frozen Head mountain to the institution’s front door.   Two of the prison’s three coal mines are out of operation, their means of access wiped away by the landslide Wednesday.  After increasingly heavy rainfall, “most of the entire south face of the 3,500-foot mountain seemed to split away from the main mass”.   That’s how one newsman at the scene described it.

Source:  Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa,  February 2, 1950

1951Cigar Smoking Lad Doesn’t Like Bullets
AP News feature, Knoxville,Tenn.
William Glenn Greene, is a man of the world who, at the age of 3, can take in stride a black cigar, a chew of tobacco or a bullet in the head. “Scrap Iron” is his nickname around Brushy Mountain State Prison at nearby Petros, where his father, Reuben Greene, is commissary manager. The healthy-looking, tow-headed boy said he smokes two or three cigars a day and takes a chew when he can get one, but he’s not too keen about bullets. He lit up a cigar, inhaled deepy and turned his attention to a toy truck as his father told of the shooting incident which took place on the eve of his third birthday last July: “We went to a little store, and ‘Scrap Iron’ walked behind the counter and picked up a gun we didn’t even know was there. “He couldn’t pull the trigger with his finger, but he did manage to pull it with his thumb and the bullet grazed him almost in the center of the forehead. “The bullet punctured a can of tomato juice on the counter and the juice dripped down on his head. We thought he was badly wounded because of the blood but at the hospital it turned out to be just a flesh wound. “At that, it took four stitches to sew it up.” Greene said his son picked up his smoking and chewing from convicts at the state prison about the time he was learning to walk. ”Scrap Iron” looked up from his toys as questioning turned his way again. Yes, he admitted, his mother did seem to sort of object to his cigars and chewing tobacco but she hadn’t made him quit yet. He has a sister, Carolyn, who is nine. Carolyn says she doesn’t smoke, but she doesn’t mind a bit if the menfolks do. Source:  Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, Michigan, December 22, 1951

Children of John Harvey Coker and Cecil Gann

76 Year-Old Man’s Wife Has Triplets

Oliver Springs, Tenn., Oct. 8 (UP) – Doctors said today that triplets were  born Saturday night to a 76 year-old man and his 36 year-old wife and the  two girls and a boy are “doing well”.
The parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Coker, of Coalfield, Tenn., have several other children.  The triplets were born within eight minutes and each  weighed five pounds.
Source:  Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tuesday, October 9, 1951,  p. 17


1958Tear Gas Quiets Prison Rioters In Tennessee
PETROS,Tenn. (INS) Warden Frank Llewellyn said today that 250 rioting prisoners at the Brushy
Mountain State prison have not indicated why they started a demonstration. He ordered all guards out of the cell block to prevent the convicts from taking hostages shortly after the riot began Monday night. The warden reported that the convicts tore up plumbing and mattresses, causing considerable
damage,and were trying to get other prisoners in different parts of the prison to join them in the riot.
Tear gas was used to quiet the convicts who were locked in their cells. The warden said he could not be sure they could be prevented from breaking out of the Petros, Tenn., institution. State police have reinforced the guards. Source:  Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, March 11, 1958

1959Convicts Hold Out in Tennessee Mines
Petros, Tenn. (AP) –
Rebellious convicts reportedly booby-trapped a coal mine with dynamite at Brushy Mountain State Prison today and refused to give up after releasing one of three hostages. The state assistant corrections commissioner, Pat Patterson, discussed grievances with the 95 convict miners, and said a spokesman telephoned to the mine entrance; “We’ve talked it over and we’re not coming out.”
State authorities said Shirley Bunch, the hostage who was released, said the convict miners had booby-trapped the entrance with dynamite. The report was unconfirmed from any other source. Convict spokesmen made it clear, however, that they did not intend to harm anyone, citing their release of Bunch, who said he was having chills. Bunch, 63, was one of three unarmed mine foremen whom the convicts seized as hostages Monday morning. He had not been harmed. Patterson told newsmen later that Gov. Buford Ellington had ordered that there be no concessions to the rebels.
This, Patterson said, includes no food, no water. Patterson said the prisoners’ demands included more pay for coal they mine. Patterson promised revisions where desirable but declined to make any major concessions. The prisoners now receive 25 cents a ton for coal mined in excess of six tons a month. A spokesman said they average about $1.25 a day. The first break, Bunch’s release, encouraged officials to believe the rebellion might be nearing an end. But it was a false hope, Patterson said. The convicts took over the mine 10 miles northwest of Knoxville at the start of the day shift Monday, grabbing three unarmed foremen as hostages and sending the mine superintendent up as a messenger to prison officials. They threatened to dynamite or burn the mine shaft unless they were granted their demands, which ranged from more food to better working conditions. One official said the men had explosives enough “to blow up the whole mountain.” Possibly 200 sticks of dynamite were in the mine, but the convicts were not believed to have any weapons. The three foremen who were being held 3,100 feet inside the mine reported to Patterson by telephone that they had not been harmed. The prison’s coal output from three Cumberland Mountain mines is used in other state institutions. Only 95 of the 605 inmates took part in the rebellion and two smaller mines continued in operation.
Stephens Point Daily Journal, Stephens Point, Wisconsin, July 14, 1959


Mine Boss Killed By Sniper’s Shot
LAKE CITY, Tenn. (&) A sniper’s bullet killed a coal mine owner Monday as he worked his machinery on a federal flood control project here in defiance of threats of sabotage or death. Five persons were questioned at length in the slaying of Jess Fesler, 53. of  Sunbright, Tenn., shot in the back as he stood beside his bulldozer on the project near the Lake City High School. Anderson County Sheriff Glad Woodward questioned two of the men in Clinton, south of Lake City, and Campbell County Sheriff Rose Kitts held three men for questioning in Jacksboro. Lake City is located on the Anderson – Campbell county line about 30 miles northwest of Knoxville is in the  coal-field area extending through southeast Kentucky and northern Tennessee. The area has seen numerous cases of violence since the United Mine Workers began a drive to  bring all mines under union contract. Three persons have been killed in Kentucky. Sheriff Woodward said, however. “We are positive this shooting is in no way concerned with union troubles.”Source: Oswego Pallendium Times, Oswego, New York, 6/9/1959
Sniper Kills Former Coal Mine Owner
LAKE CITY,Tenn. (AP)A sniper’s bullet killed a former coal miner owner Monday as he worked his machinery on a federal flood control project here in defiance of threats of sabotage or death. Five persons were questioned at length in the slaying of Jess Fesler, 53, of Sunbright,Tenn., shot in the back as he stood beside his bulldozer on the project near the Lake City High School. Anderson County Sheriff Glad Woodward questioned two of the men in Clinton, South of Lake City. and Campbell County Sheriff Rose Kitts held three men for questioning in Jacksboro. Lake City is located on the Anderson Campbell county line about 30 miles northwest of Knoxville. It is in the coalfield area extending through southeast Kentucky and northern Tennessee. The area has seen numerous cases of violence since the United Mine Workers began a drive to bring all mines under union contract. Three persons have been killed in Kentucky. Sheriff Woodward said, however, “We are positive this shooting is in no way concerned with union troubles.” Sued For 534,111 The UMW welfare fund sued Fesler in 1957 for $34,111 it claimed he owed for back contributions to the fund. He filed a crossbill contending he had signed the union contract under duress. However,Woodward said he is probing mainly in other directions for possible motives. Among other things, the sheriff said. Fesler:
1. Was the complaining witness in an armed robbery case against Franklin D. Smith, which was to have been heard by the Campbell County grand jury next week.
2. Had been seen frequently with women other than his wife.
Source: Lancaster Eagle Gazette,  Lancaster, Ohio, 6/9/1959

Little Hope for Two of Men Held
by U.S. Inspector
by James A. Bryant
Petros, Tenn., (AP) Men dug through a debris-choked coal mine shaft high on the face of a mountain
today in an agonizing effort to reach three trapped miners. “Get me out,” pleaded one of them, Herly Carroll, 18, from beneath the rubble more than nine hours after the old mine caved in on eight miners Friday an hour before they were to start a two-week vacation. Federal Mine Inspector Steve Bukovich said there was no hope of finding Charles Seiver, 23, and Charlie Kennedy, 28, alive.
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A doctor used a hacksaw to amputate the arm of Robert Woods, 19, who was pinned between the
rocks and a coal car. He was taken to an Oak Ridge hospital in serious condition. Woods’ father, Claude Woods, 47, suffered a fractured pelvis. The other three miners escaped serious injury.
The mine, 2,300 feet up on the face of Fork Mountain in the Cumberland Mountains of east
Tennessee, had been closed several years. The miners were taking out coal pillars and shoring up the mine, preparatory to reconditioning it for the Fork Mountain Mining Co. “It happened all at once,” said Billy Rose. 54. “When we heard the noise we all started running and I passed one boy. And the rocks caught me. As soon as the rocks stopped falling, the other fellows came back to help us out”. The caved-in shale covered an area about 100 feet long, 30 feet wide and 8 feet deep about 400 feet from the mine entrance, which is reached by an incline railway.
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Only three or four rescue workers, using hand tools, could get in the shaft at one time. As the rescue operation continued through the night, lights burned in every house in the mountain village of Fork Mountain. Relatives and friends clustered in  small groups at the foot of the mountain. There was an air of expectation each time the lights of a rescue man could be seen starting down the incline railway, followed by disappointment when he brought no news of the trapped men. The mine is about 40 miles northwest of Knoxville.
Source:  Ironwood Daily Globe, Ironwood, Michigan, June 24, 1961

PICAYUNE – A former Baton Rouge resident suffered a fatal heart attack  here
yesterday while trying to extinguish a fire under the hood of his  car.

He was RAYMOND E. BROWN, 61, of Coalfield, Tenn. Brown, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., was a retired employe of the Solvay  plant here and resided in Baton Rouge from 1934 to 1961. He was en route from New Orleans to his home in Coalfield when his  car caught fire on U.S. Hwy, 11 miles north of here.  He died at the  Crosby Memorial Hospital in Picayune. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mildred Brown of Coalfield; three daughters, Mrs. Earl C. Spell and Mrs. J. J. Mumphrey, both of Baton Rouge and  Mrs. W. B. Krumholt, Jr. of Texas City, Tex. and eight grandchildren. The body is at Sharp Funeral Home, Coalfield.  Funeral arrangements  are incomplete.  Source:  State Times Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Tuesday, April  2, 1963, p. 24

Cincinnati (UPI)
A Tennessee prison escapee crossed paths with a Cincinnati policeman Tuesday for the second time in 10 days and the chance meeting brought an end to his freedom. Siles Campbell, 21, LaFollette, Tenn., faced return to the Brushy Mountain State Prison at Petros, Tenn., after his arrest by patrolman William Smith.  Just 10 days ago, Campbell was arrested by the same policeman for public drunkenness. At that time, local authorities were unaware of his background. So he was released after paying a $10 fine. They learned of his prison escape Sunday, when the warden at Petros phoned police here and said Campbell might show up. Police were unable to trace Campbell through the address he had given in his court appearance because it was false. But fate took a hand and delivered him into the arms of the law at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday while Patrolman Smith was walking his beat. Campbell, a trusty at the prison, had walked away  from a road project six weeks ago and come to  Cincinnati to stay with friends.
Source: Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, June 30, 1965

1972Escapee Releases Diabetic Hostage

Bartow, Fla. (UPI) – A sheriff’s deputy in need of insulin for diabetes was  released by an escaped prisoner who held him hostage yesterday, but a manhunt continued for a Miami Beach family taken from their motel room.  Deputy Sheriff Bruce Browning was found handcuffed to a tree in the East
Tennessee mountains.  Officials had worried that Browning would go into shock unless he received insulin.  The Deputy, who requires insulin every 48 hours, was taken hostage on Friday by convict, William Elias Davidson, and his gun-toting, bleached blonde wife, Ellen.  Authorities in Florida and Tennessee said Browning was released near Wartburg, Tenn. He was bound to a tree with his own handcuffs beside a river in the deserted resort area of  Pilot Mountain.  Browning was found by two boys who wandered by.  They called Morgan County Sheriff Cecil Byrge, who said ‘me and my deputy went up there and we had to saw the handcuffs off his wrist because they had taken the key with them.’  Byrge said Browning took an insulin shot and was in ‘good condition’.  Officers in Polk County, Fla. learned yesterday that the Mel Prime family of Miami Beach was missing from the Wonderland Motel near Davenport,  Fla., about a half mile from the swampy area the
getaway car was found.   Deputy Browning confirmed the family had been seized Friday night by Davidson and is wife.  The Prime family’s car was taken and the two desperadoes and their hostages through police roadblocks.  Browning said he spent most of  the trip on the floor of the car.   Members of the Prime family were identified as Mel, his wife Blanche and their three children:  Howie, 12, Jimmy, 11; and Cecilia, 9.  The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, August 27, 1972


The Chronicle Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, August 27, 1972

2004100-year-old Clyde Hamby “ain’t in no hurry”
Published Oct. 15, 2004
By Krista Richmond
Chronicle staffwriter
Oct. 7 wasn’t just any birthday for Clyde Hamby of Westel. He celebrated 100
years of life. “I’ve enjoyed life,” said Hamby. “I ain’t in no hurry.” Hamby was born and raised in Hebbertsburg to Dexter and Dora Hamby. They lived close to Yellow Creek, and his father worked at the local post office. In his early 20s, he met Ora Hunter, who worked in Rockwood and lived next to his sister. They married and had eight children. The six children still living are Imogene Delius of Westel, Thelma Potter of Crab Orchard,Dallas Hamby of Ozone, Glenn Hamby of Alloway, Willard Hamby of Hebbertsburg and Roy Hamby of Crossville. Now there a five generations in his family, including several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Hamby lost is wife in November 2002 after 74 years of marriage. His youngest sister,Arleva Hembree, lives in Rockwood. When asked about the secret to his long life, he said, “I don’t feel too old. I eat three times a day and sleep all night.” Genetics might have something to do with it as well. His mother lived to be 102. Hamby also likes to stay active. He is involved in the Masonic Lodge, in which he has been a member of for 50 years. Hamby was a farmer, raising livestock and logging in the mountains, and still keeps chickens. Hamby will celebrate his birthday on Saturday with a gathering at the  Hebbertsburg Community Center.
[Source, Crossville Chronicle]

2005Sunday, January 16, 2005
Sunbright voters keep city alive
By Judy Underwood-/Morgan County News

A tiny town in northern Morgan County will continue as an incorporated city. A group of citizens petitioned to have the question of whether or not the Sunbright’s city charter should be surrendered after the city council imposed a 62-cent city property tax. The votes have been counted and the city of Sunbright prevailed with 145 voting against surrendering the city charter. A total of 99 voted to surrender the charter and dissolve the city.
Source: Roane County News, January, 2005



Company B was enrolled at Montgomery, Morgan County, Tennessee August 6, 1861 by James M. Melton and Mitchell R. Millsaps.  The men were from Morgan and Fentress counties.  Mustered in at CampDick Robinson, Ky., August 20, 1861.  Mustered out at Knoxville,October 6, 1864.  Mitchell R. Millsaps was Captain.

ASHLEY, Josiah DP Pvt.
BARGER, Abraham, L. DP Pvt.
BARGER, William H. DP Pvt.
BEATY, Thomas C.. DP Pvt.
BEATY, Jonathan A. Pvt.
BEATY, William H. Pvt.
BRADSHAW, Andrew J. DP Pvt.
BRADSHAW, Samuel C. Cpl.
BRADEN, John Pvt.
BRYANT, William H. DP Pvt.
BYRD, Samuel M. KA Pvt.
CHOAT, Jacob DP Pvt.
CLARK, James A. Pvt.
CRENSHAW, William B. ?
DANIEL, Calvin KA Pvt.
DANIEL, Paul Pvt.
DANIEL, Rueben DP Pvt.
DUNCAN, Ezra H. DP Pvt.
DUNCAN, George W. DP Pvt.
DUNCAN, John C. DP Pvt.
EASTRIDGE, William 1st Lt.
FARMER, McCager Pvt.
FARMER, Thomas T. Pvt.
FRANCIS, Charles S. DA Pvt.
FRANCIS, Thomas KA Pvt.
GARNER, Joseph Pvt..
GARRETT, Daniel KA Pvt.
GARRETT, John M Pvt.
GEASLAND, Stephen Pvt.
GILBERT, George Pvt.
GODDARD, Elena KA Pvt.
GRAY, David H. Pvt.
HALL, Garrett, Jr. Pvt.
HALL, Garrett, Sr. Pvt.
HALL, John, Jr. DP Pvt.
HART, William Pvt
HAWN, Elisha DP Pvt.
HITCH, William Pvt.
HONEYCUTT, David K. Pvt.
HONEYCUTT, George W. Pvt.
HOOPER, James 2nd Lt.
HULL, Morgan H. Pvt
HUNTER, Napolean Pvt.
HUNTER, Isham Pvt.
HURTT, William                     (submitted info) DP Pvt.
ISREAL, Moses DP Pvt.
JACKS, Benjamin S. DP Pvt.
JOHNSON, James H. ??
JONES, John E. DP Pvt.
JOYNER, Calvin G. Pvt.
KEITH, Geroge W. Sgt.
KEITH, William J. Sgt.
KELIN,  John Pvt
LANGLEY, Henry Pvt.
LAYMANCE, Andrew J. Cpl.
MARTIN, Andrew J. Pvt.
McCARTT, Jesse DP Pvt.
McCARTT, Henry Pvt.
McCARTT, John Sgt.
McCARTT, Robert . Pvt.
McCARTT, William DP Pvt.
McCARTER, Isaac Pvt.
McPETERS, Inman KA Pvt.
MELTON, Nathan I. KA Pvt.
MILLSAPS, Mitchell R. Capt.
MULLINIX, Andrew B. Cpl.
MULLINIX, Sampson Pvt.
NEEL, Meedy N. Sgt.
PRICE, James A. Pvt.
PRICE, Willis Pvt
RAGAN, John C. Pvt.
RICHARDS, William Pvt.
ROBINS, Alfred Sgt
ROBINSON, Alex A. Pvt.
ROBINSON, George G. Pvt.
ROBINSON, Obediah Pvt.
ROUARK, David Pvt.
SANDUSKY. Gabriel DP Pvt.
SCOTT, John L. DP Pvt.
SELLS, Issac Sgt.
SELLS, John Pvt.
SHANNON, James Pvt.
SILCOX, Ewel Pvt.
SILCOX, John F. DP Pvt.
SILVEY, William R. Pvt.
SMITH, James R. Pvt.
SPENCER, Levi O. Pvt.
STANFORD, James M. Cpl.
TAYLOR, James T. Cpl
WEBB, John Pvt.
WEBB, John T. Pvt.
WEBB, Jefferson DP Pvt.
WEBB, Robert DP Pvt.
WEBB, Welcom Pvt.
WEBB, Willis ` Pvt.
WEBB, William R. Pvt.
WILLIAMS, William W. DP Pvt.
WILLSON, Andrew J. Pvt.
WILLSON, John C. Pvt.
WINNINGHAM, Richard D. Pvt.
WRIGHT, Horace H. Pvt.
WRIGHT, William Pvt.
YOUNG, James Pvt.

DP – Died in Prison    KA – Killed in Action 

MUSTER ROLLS OF 2ND REGIMENT DEFECTIVE* * * * * * * * * * *       The muster rolls of the regiment are defective, most records having been taken by the Confederates when a large part of the regiment was captured near Rogersville, Tennessee on November 6, 1863.  The rolls have been reconstructed from all available sources of reliable information.  The process is ongoing for, even today a name can sometimes be added from a newly discovered document or even an old letter.  Pension applications are also an important source of information on Civil War Veterans.

 The information used in compiling this history of the 2nd Regiment has come from several different
written histories and articles on the regiment as well as from diaries and letters from a number of veterans.

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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