March term 
Be it remembered that the County court began and held in the town of Wartburg in the County of Morgan and the state of Tennessee.

_____ MELHORN, LEWIS HENDRICK, AUGUSTUS HEADRICK, were examined by the court and upon their oath say that WILLIAM BANEKE, dec’d, did not leave any property of any kind or nothing of value of anything.  Therefore,
the court releases T. A. Senkerick the guardian of one of the minors from any libilities of the estate.JOHN KRIES,commissioner of the estate is released of any libilities.

Ordered by the court that P. O. HOLLOWAY be allowed to fence the road leading across the bridge at Rock Creek and facing his house.  The overseer of the said road be required to work the road crossing the creek below said bridge and heretofore viewed and reported.

SAMUEL H. STAPLES brought into open court the following paper, which was ordered to be copied.: State of Tennessee, S. H. STAPLES exparte upon motion M. F. ADKINS practicing lawyer of this court it is ordered by the court that the clerk of this court issue to the said S. H. STAPLES such is required in order to obtain a license to practice law viz: that he is  21 years of age, a citizen of Morgan County in said state of Tennessee and of good moral character integrity and soberity.

We the undersignedm viewed and located a 3rd class road begining at MENAN DAVIDSON running by DANIEL PITTMANS, then via EUGENE LYNCH and by JOSEPH DAVIDSONS, intersecting the old turnpike road at JNO ENOS old place.  Signed: MENAN DAVIDSON, RUFUS JONES, EUGENE LYNCH, JAMES DAVIDSON, JNO M. STAPLES.

F. FREYTAG, guardian of the minor heirs of GEORGE D. HOWARD has made settlement as follows: That he is charged with $241.54; that he has expanded $234.34 leaving in the hands of the guardian $7.

B. T. SUMMERS and S. J. McKETHAN adm. of C. CARPENTER, dec’d, this day made final settlement, which settlement was excepted (sic) by the court and ordered recorded.

By partition of sundry citizens of the 5th civil district it is ordered by the court that the voting place of said district is hereby  established at W. H. JONES instead of WILLIS MORRIS.

P. 1
Ordered by the court that EDWARD FREELS be paid by the trustee out of the contingent fund, levied for the year of 1873, the amount of $73.39 1/2, it being the full amount of an outstanding warrent issued in payment for the building of the county jail at Montgomery,

By partition of PHOBE M. BYRD it was ordered by the court that S. H. STAPLES be and he is hereby appointed guardian of SAMUEL H. BYRD, minor of SAMUEL BYRD, dec’d.

Ordered by the court that C. P. SAFFELL be required to give futher security as guardian of SAMUEL and BETTY SAFFELL at the next term of court,.

Ordered by the court that letters of guardianshilp be issued to J. S. FRITTS, public guardian for the benfit of AINCENT?? JOSEPH, JAMES and REBECCA minors of RANSON McCOY dec’d

AMELIA FORSTNER was appointed adm. of the estate of JOSEPH and EKIZA FORSTNER, dec’d. (Confusing, in the body it states “The estate of JOSEPH and AMELIA FORSTNER”) JOHN HALL Jr., and CHARLES H. DELIUS securities.

P. 5
It appears to the satisfaction of the court that JOSEPH and ELIZA FAWLWINKLE late of said county are dead, they died 1873 and 1874.  They  died instate and AMELIA FORSTNER has been appointed adm. of the estate.

P. 5 to 8
Dr. F. A. SIENHUECHT and Mrs. ROSEANNA KUHN produced in open court a paper writing purporting to be the last will and testment of DAVID KUHN and moved that the said will be admitted to probate and that letter of  testamentary? be issued to them.  S. H. STAPLES, PETER HENRY, and JNO KRIES subscribing witnesses to the will, say they were called by the said DAVID KUHN in witness to the paper now exhabited in court.  The
said DAVID KUHN, is now dead and they signed the instrument at the request of the said DAVID KUHN.

P.  8
On motion of MARTIN HALL it is ordered by the court that M.T. ADKINS be and is hereby appointed guardian of MATILDA, DAVID,  LETITIC, EMILY JANE and SAMUEL HALL minor children of GARRETT HALL dec’d.

On motion S. H. STAPLES Esq., M. T. ADKINS is appointed adm. of JNO STAPLES dec’d.

H. W. BUXTON, guardian of the minor heirs of ELISHA A. HAWN made settlement which was accepted by the court.  There is remaining in the hands of the adm. The sum of $39.66, and BUXTON renews his bond as adm.

June Term 1874
p. 10
WELCOME WEBB is appointed overseer of a 2nd class road begining at WM. J. SCOTTS and leading to the forks of the river above JAMES McCARTS.  The following hands are to work on the road: MARTIN GARRETT, LEWIS LANDRUM, ZACHARY HALL, BENJ. HALL, ANDREW CROMWELL, JAMES HAMBY, WM. H. McCART, RILEY SHANNON, ARCHIBALD McCOY, WM. WEBB, and RUFUS WEBB.

THOMAS DUNCAN is appointed overseer of a 2nd class road begining at the ford of BUCKS Ford near D. M. KELLYS and ending at the ford of Crooked Creek near DAVID STONECIPHERS.

M. STEPHENS adm. of S. C. HONNEYCUTT, dec’d, appeared in court and ask for 12 more month to settle the estate because of some litagaton in regards to the property of the said HONEYCUTT.   Granted.

P. 11
LEWIS POTTER is appointed overseer of a 2nd class road begining at the forks of the road between JNO GREENS and W. R. WILLIAMS and ending at the ford of Obeds River.  The following hands will work on the road: JAMES MELTON, JAMES POTTER, JENRY MELTON,  WM. MELTON, JNO POTTER, WAYNE

P. 11 & 12
The will of DAVID KUHN Sr., dec’d, dated 2-7-1874 is contested by DAVID KUHN Jr. ,_______MAEGLIN and wife, N. MAEGLIN, ordered by the court that the matter be sent to the Circuit Court of Morgan County.  They are the children of said KUHN, dec’d, COOKE and TELLMAN Solictors.

July Term 1874
P. 13
ENOCH R. DUNCAN appeared in court and suggested that he be released from the libilities of an appernic? male child, a minor heir of JAMES M. BRIENT, entered into at a former term of this court.  Granted

It is ordered by the court that the child be , heir of JAMES M. BRIENT, be delivered to RUSSELL SCOTT Sr., who is the grandfather of the said child.

NANCY JANE HODGE is approve guardian of the minor heirs of JAMES K. GREEN, dec’d, she gave bond  of $250, JOHN HOWARD and M. D. HODGE security,

It is ordered by the court that RUSSELL SCOTT Sr guardian of HENRY BRIENT, minor of JAMES BRIENT be recinded on failure to give bond.

P. 15
A. R. LEWALLEN guardian of W. C. PETERS, a minor of LEANDER J. PETERS, dec’d, made settlement which was accepted .  The settlement shows that the said LEWALLEN has drawn from the government $166 since his last settlement.  LEWALLEN, renewed his bond.

P. 16
M. T. ADKINS attended his resignation as Notory Public. 8-3-1874.

GEORGE TAYLOR is appointed overseer of the old road from the top of the hill on the west side of Clear Creek to the Cumberland County line.  The following hands are to work on the road: All the hands on JACOB HARMONS farm, JAMES TAYLOR farm JOHN F. LEE farm, LEWIS POTTER farm, F. SHUBERT

W. A. WILLIAMS appeared in open court and suggested the death of JOHN WILLIAMS, leaving no will or testament, and W. R. WILLIAMS is appointed adm. of the estate.

LUCY COOPER guardian of MARGARET and DAVID ASHBY, minors of JOSEPH ASHBY is released of futher libilities as guardian, having paid the full amount of the distribing?? shares.

September Term 1874
P. 19 to 25
HENRY CHILES JP of the 1st district, JOHN HALL elected County Court Clerk, JOHN WILLIAMS Sheriff of the County, WM. B. CRENSHEW Register of Deeds, JOHN D. KRIES, Tax Collector.  MARTIN HALL Constable of the 4th district.

P. 27
Ordered by the court that J. D. JOYNER be allowed $50 office fees for the year 1874.

J. S. FRITTS adm. of the estate of C. S. FRANCIS made settlement which was accepted and ordered recorded.

JOHN W. LAYMANCE, Corner of Morgan County, appeared in open court and tended his resignation which was accepted.

P. 28
The lands of EDWARD PRINCE, dec’d were sold to JOHN M. DAVIS for $55, but the said purchaser has not paid the amount to me at this time . 9-7-1874 S. H. STAPLES

JOHN L. SCOTT is allowed the sum of $100 for making out the tax list for the year of 1874.

P. 29
S. H. STAPLES, Clerk of the Circuit Court presented the following bill. State vs SUSAN HALL   $50

E. M. BLEDSOE is constable of the 7th district.

P. 30
W. B. LANGLEY is constable of the 2nd district.

LINDSY COOPER granted license to practice law.

October Term 1874
p. 33
WILLIAM LOVE is appointed overseer of a 3rd class road begining at Liberty Church by JOHN WILLIAMS farm up the mountian to LOVES farm, to R. O. TAYLORS farm running to the old road by E. FAIRCHILDS and to intersect the Knoxville road at JAMES M. JONES.

P. 34
ANDREW R. LEWALLEN appointed overseer of a 3rd class road begining at the ford of White Oak at CARPENTERS mill place to JAMES S. STONE.

SAMUEL LONG appointed overseer if the Huntsville Road from the forks of the road at the top of Clear Fork hill to the county line near ISAAC RISDENS.  All the hand on JOHN BREWSTERS farm and DELANY TOMPKINS to work on road.

LAYTON GOUNY appointed overseer of a 3rd class road begining at the Clear Fork at the BREWSTER ford to the county line at WALTER LEWALLENS. All the hand at ANDREW YOUNGS, JOHN YOUNGS,  N.H. GUFFEE,  C.C. SCHEN and THOMAS STONECIPHER place to work on the road.

W. D. FRANCIS appointed overseer of a 2nd class road begining ath the corner of G. W. KIETHS fence by way of JOHN W. LAYMANCE mill to intersect the county road at the GERDING LANE.

D. J. GILDY appointed overseer of a 3rd class road begining at the ford of the Emory River at Montgomery to the top of the TRIPPLETT hill, west to the TRIPPLETT gap.

P. 35
AMOS YORK appointed overseer of a 3rd class road begining at the Wartburg/ Jamestown road near Mount Vernon Church, along the dividing ridge between Clear Fork and White Oak to the county line near DEMPSEY

P. 36
JOHN W. LAYMANCE allowed $5 for holding the August election of 1874

S. H. STAPLES resigned as guardian of SAMUEL H. BYRD, minor of SAMUEL M. BYRD dec’d, .  The minor is place in charge of J.S. FRITT, Public Guardian of Morgan County.

December Term 1874
p. 37
MARTHA FRITTS formally MARTHA HONEYCUTT partitioned the court to be appointed guardian of the minor heirs of H. C. HONEYCUTT, dec’d, viz: VESTA ANN age 7, DAVID D. age 6, MARY age 5.   Granted.

P. 38
LYDA C. BAIL asked to be appointed as guradian of her own children, ELIZABETH and LINCOLN HENDERSON.  Granted.

WALTER CARROL an orphan of three years of age is apprenticed to ORVILLE EVERETT until 21 years of age in the occupation of farmer, he is to be given a common education in the common schools.

P. 40
SAMUEL F. SCOTT is granted the privilege of establishing a ferry across the river at or near Montgomery in Morgan County.  No other person is allowed to establish a ferry on said river, except for their own private
use.  Privilege to extend until 1-1-1876.  He shall keep open a safeway to and from the ferry for the use of footman and horseman and that he be allowed to charge the following: men on foot low water $0.05, men on
foot high water $0.10, got each passager, men on horseback, each man and horse $0.10, high water $0.20.

P. 41 He is not to carry person when the river is deemed, by him, to be dangerous.  He has until 1-1-1875 to establish a boat for the use of footman, and until 2-1-1875 to establish at boat for carrying horse.  He
is to have all the privileges granted other furyman(sic) by law.  He made a $200 bond.

Left to right—–

Courtesy of Faye Stringfield Northrup

Front row l to r   Zeigler, M.C. Bruner, Stout, G.T. Francisco, Tom West, Luther Clark, John Hicks,
unknown, A.C. Peters,and Jason Clark

Back Row l to r   T.V. Peters, unknown, Pete Atkinson, P.C. York, J.B. Peters, unknown, Reynolds, unknown,unknown,and unknown.

Photo courtesy of Mike McGrath

 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

News Clippings – 1918

MARRIAGE LICENSES  – Issued week ending March 9, 1918

A. H. Portwood to Minnie Wood
J. D. Jones to Carrie Harrl
Hugh Carr to Ethel Presswood
Chas. Hown to Louvrnia Sims
Harry Hammonds to Cassie Sexton
Maynard Bishop to Ruth Hartley
Elbert Goad to Laura Innis
Issued week of March 16, 1918

Ervin H. Byrd to Lottie Nelson
Walter I Hays to Bertha A. York


of our dear mother, Louise Schubert, who died, March 8th, 1915. Sadly missed by her husband and children.

DEATH OF JOHN H. McPETERS – After an illness of a few days, John. H. McPeters died at his home on Flat Fork. He was the son of Mr. Jas McPeters and a member of the Junior Order American Mechanics, under the auspices of which order he was buried Monday afternoon at the Flat Fork burrying ground.  He leaves a wife surviving him.   (Week of March 22, 1918)

SUDDEN DEATH OF CHAS BROWN – On last Saturday morning, the death angel, the invisible rider of the ‘pale horse’, came into the home of one of our citizens and took away the family’s head, in the person of Chas. Brown,
an old and respected citizen of the county.  He was suddenly stricken down, and after ceasing from the daily labor in which he engaged on Saturday morning, March 16th, he only lived about one hour.  Mr. Brown was born in Lammershein Rhine Baiern Bavaris, Germany at the Castle of the Count of Oberndorf, on Sept 28, 1847. He was the third of nine children born tp the marriage of Henry Edward and Maria Josephine (Fricker) Brown.  They  left
the old country Aug. 1, 1850 and arrived at Wartburg Oct 3rd of the same year. Mr. Brown was early left an orphan.  He married Julia Garrett .  There are four sons and four daughters surviving;  Mr. O.H. Brown of Knoxville, W. O. Brown of Petros, Ed. L. Brown and Robt Brown of Wartburg; Miss Josie Brown of Knoxville, Mrs. Ida Hughes of Tazewell, Mrs. Willie Byrd and Miss May Brown of Wartburg,  and his widow, Julia Garrett Brown, all of whom were present at his funeral which was conducted at the Presbyterian Church house Monday Morning at 10 o’clock. His brother, Mr. Edward Brown of Tazewell was also present.  There was a large concourse consisting of several hundred people in attendance at the services which was conducted by Rev. Charles Taylor of Oakdale.  The burial was in the Wartburg Cemetery. (Week of March 22, 1918)

March 1918

Little Rex Henry, the infant son of Mr. & Mrs. C. D. Henry has been very sick for the last few days.

There is one case of small pox in Wartburg, Mr. E. M. Williams is the unfortunate person surffering with contagion,
however, the Health authorities with the acquiescence of Mr. Williams family, have taken the precaution by the
adoption of proper quarantine regulations so that others of the town, if possible, shall not be afflicted.

A large number of friends met with well filled baskets and gave Mrs. T. V. Peters a hearty surprise on her return from La.  It being her birthday, March 1st.

Mr. Carson Brown of Camp Sevier, Greenville, S.C., has been spending a few days with home folks.

Mr. Will Shick from Sterns, Ky., was in our town Thursday.

The Ladies Aid met at the Hall Thursday and quilted two quilts.

Born to Mr. and  Mrs. J. A. Love of Mossy Grove, on last Sunday a Son.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Kreis on last Saturday, a girl.

Mr. C. C. Blake of Pine Orchard, Rockwood, Rt. 3, has recently traded his stallion for a well brd, fine blooded, jack.

Miss Minnie Adsmond is home after a trip to Knoxville and Chattanooga.  She has accepted the position
of Canning Demonstrator for Union County, Tennessee.

Newton Brewster, who is stationed at Camp Sevier, S.C., is at home on a 10 day furlough.


Sheriff Byrd was here one day last week talking to the boys and it seems that he made them believe that he is the fellow for Sheriff again, as he received 17 out of 21 votes cast.

Eugene Brown has moved from Burrville to the farm where Andy McKinney was living.

Elmer Davis, A C S fireman, is spending a few days with R. W. Davis, enjoying a case of measles.

Our S.S. was reorganized Sunday by electing John York, supt., Mr. J. G. Peters, asst. supt., Miss Nola York
secy., other the teachers selected are, Mr. J. B., York, Mrs. J.H. A. Lewallen, Mrs. J. D. Young, and Mr. J. G. Peters.

On last Saturday evening, two young fellows, supposedly from Oneida, held up Paul Daniels and Levi Bass not far from seventeen tunnel and took twenty dollars off of them. They also held up Elbert Goad and he ran and they shot at him inflicting a slight wound in his shoulder.  This practice of stealing and robbing in this country should be looked after and a stop put to it.

Last Friday, while working on a trussel below seventeen tunnel, Mr. Henry Holliday, a brakeman on one of the dirt trains, fell from his train, falling a distance of forty or forty-five feet, receiving a serious injury to one of his ankles.

Mr. Will Sexton is very sick at this writing.

Aunt Lucretia Jones, who has the misfortune to fall and cripple herself, is slowly improving.


M.M. Foad and Alex Qualls have taken the contract to rock the Rome Church Road from Summit Park to forks of Frankfort Road.

Thorwald Strand has joined Earl Phillips in Pittsburg, allured by high wages.

Dr. Leonard Ostrowski, the oldest pioneer among the Polish settlers, passed away last Thursday after a few days illness with heart trouble.  He moved here from Chicago some 13 years ago and made it his home ever since. Father Sullivan said High Mass over the remains Sunday and he was laid to rest in the Deer Lodge Cemetery. (Week of March 22, 1918)

Charlie Zellar, a promising young man of 16 years, died Monday at the residence of his parents near the Pilot Mt. road , of acute Brights disease.  He was buried at the Deer Lodge Cemetery.

Charlie Phillips is home nursing a bad cold contracted on the Western Union line at tunnel 20.

APRIL, 1918

JOSEPH MARTIN BRANAM, age 68 yrs,of Coalfield, died here at the home of his son-in-law, R. B. Whalen on April 5th, of cardia renal disease.  He leaves a wife, one son, two sisters, and five daughters.  The body was sent to Harriman, Sunday morning on No. 1.  The funeral services were conducted by Rec. Wyrick of Harriman.  Interment was made in the Willard Cemetery.


We regret to learn of the death on Tuesday morning of this week, of Mrs. Wm. Howard of Sunbright. Mrs. Howard was about 80 years of age and the widow of the late William Howard who preceded her on life’s journey near two years ago.She leaves surviving her,  a number of children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. (Week of April 12, 1918)


Mr. John Davis, formerly of Oakdale, has moved onto the farm which he recently purchased from Ruscoe Human.

All business here is being run by the new time and its hoped by many that we will never go back to the old time.

Mr. Fred Jacks left Tuesday for Stearns, Ky., where he has accepted work.

Mr. & Mrs. R. B. Whalen went to Harriman Sunday where they attended the funeral and burial of Mrs. Whalen’s father, Mr. Joseph Martin Branham.

Mrs. Oscar Stonecipher has returned home after an extended visit with her sister, Mrs. Pat Pearson of Oakdale.


MAY 1918 

MARRIAGES LICENSES  — Week of May 24, 1918

T. A. Hood to Stella Maden
Decatur Davis to Cordia Pittman


KILLED BY LIGHTNING  – At the end of the O & W Ry, west of Oneida in Scott Co, at or near a place called Gernt, it is reported that eight men sought shelter from a severe thunder and rain storm under a large oak
tree, and while there the tree was struck by the lighting, killing two instantly and injuring the others, one of whom was reported to in  a dying condition, their names are not learned.

JUNE 1918 

H. F. Byrd of the National Army, stationed at Camp Jackson, Columbia, S. C., is spending a few days in Wartburg and vicinity on furlough visiting home folks.

Mrs. Will Brown, of Elgin, came down last Sunday to bid good by to her brother, Arthur Duncan who left with the contingent of selected men for Camp Gordon Tuesday.

Mrs. Geo Shick has returned home after visiting her son Edward Shicks at Stearns, Ky.

Mr. E. J. Patching and family of Oakdale motored through and spent the day last Sunday week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Patching.

Mrs. R. G. Jacks is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Barnett at Frankfort this week.

The roller is in our town and work has begun on our road. (Burrville) It is hoped that we will soon have good roads.

Corp. Luther N. Garrett of the Narional Army stationed at Camp Sevier, Greenville, S. C. is spending a few days at home on furlough.

J. B. Powell attended the funeral of his brother-in-law, Mr. Wm. Kindrick at Rockwood last week, and on his return was accompanied by Mrs. Rue Hagard and Miss Ruth Blake, sisters of Mrs. Powell.

Ed Mehlhorn of the National Army, stationed at Camp Sevier, was in Wartburg Sunday visiting homefolks.

Private Everett Garrett is now seeing service “somewhere in France” while Lincoln Adams is supposedto be on the way “over there”.

Lt. Dorscheid is now at Ft. Oglethorp, Ga. in active commission.

Everett Jones who is in the U.S. Navy located on Fishers Island, N.Y., is at home on a ten day furlough.

Week of June 21, 1918 

Wednesday of this week was registration day for the young  men coming 21 years of age since June 5th of last year and a large number registered who resided in all parts of the County, and we hope to publish a complete list later.

LIST OF MEN MOBILIZED  – Week of June 24,-29, 1918

Elmer Davis Glen Mary
J. Arthur Duncan Wartburg 
James P. Minor Petros
Jesse C. Quinn Lancing
George Ray Oliver Springs
Weldie Langford Glades
Willie C. Adsmond Deer Lodge 
Arnett H. Boone Petros
Weldie Ruffner Coalfield
Emmett Ooten Deer Lodge 
Otis Underwood  Sunbright
Carl H. Davie Oakdale
Charles A. Morris Oliver Springs 
Edward B. Turpin Oakdale
Albert McCartt  Lancing 
Charles W.Phillips Oakdale 
John H. Ebble Deer Lodge 
Dock G. Howard  Lancing 
Howard Armes Deer Lodge
Arlow Ryons Deer Lodge
Irl J. McCormick Sunbright
Abe L. Howard  Lancing 
Tom C. Hardy Oakdale 
E. H. Freytag Wartburg
James M. Cross Harriman

Of the above men, James P. Minor, Charles W. Phillips and Albert McCartt were called as alternates.


The young men whose names were published in our last week’s issue, (except Ernest Freytag and Jesse C. Quinn) left on Tuesday of this week for Camp Gordon, Ga.  There were 23 in number. Ernest Freytag and Jesse C. Quinn who were in the selects published, were selected for special training and will be sent later together with Ray C. Quinn of Knoxville.

JULY 1918

Mrs. T. O. Juve, widow of the late Rev. T. O.. Juve, died at her home North-west of Wartburg on Tuesday, June 18th.  She leaves surviving her, six children, three sons and three daughters. Funeral services were held on Thursday of this week and she was burried in the Wartburg Cemetery.

Mr. James Purvis, whose toe was amputated last week, is progressing nicely, and his many  friends hope shortly to see him out.

Big preparations are being made by the Red Cross Society and kindred committees for the big patriotic celebrations on July 4th.

S. T. Kimbell accompanied Judge W. Z. Stricklin over to Knoxville Thursday, where the Bales bankruptcy case was on hearing.

The High School Board met in Wartburg Monday and among other business transacted, employed a Mr. Ellis of New Market as Principal, Mrs. Nancy (Turman) Quinn as Music Teacher and Miss Cora Hornsby as teacher of domestic science and Home Economics in the Central High School for the coming fall and winter term.

Arlow Ryojn, Charlie Phillips and Bill Adsmond received their Army call.


AUGUST 1918 
Mrs. Ben Kreis of Oakdale is reported to have received a message that her son Henry Kreis had been seriously wounded in action in France.  This is the third Morgan County boy to be wounded since the war began.  Sergt. Hagood, a former Oakdale boy, and Geo Dagley of Petros being the other two.

Week of August 16, 1918 
Those  that attended the Normal at Wartburg last week were, Mrs. A. C. Peters, Lonnie Gunter and Miss Mertie Goggins and Rev. T. V. Peters.


Washington, Aug 14——Registration on Saturday, August 24, of all youths who have reached the age of 21 since the second registration last June, was ordered today by Provost Marshall General Crowder under a proclamation by President Wilson.  About 150,000 young men will register.  The purpose is to add quickly to the almost exhausted class one to meet army draft calls in September.


One day last week a U.S. Deputy Rev. Collector assisted by W. A. Human, Constable of Sunbright, made a raid on a wild cat still just about two miles to the east of Sunbright, while theuy found and destroyded some of its accessories, including about 1 1/2 bbls of malt, furnace, etc, no arrests were made in connection with the raiding.

The Wartburg Chapter of the Red Cross met Monday at 2 p.m. at the Court house and among other matters, considered the preparing of 20 comfort kits to present the boys with, who will leave here Friday of this week, for Camp Gordon, Ga.
Mrs. Henry Freytag and daughter, Lillie May of Chattanooga were visiting in Wartburg last week.

Mr. & Mrs. Chas Hughes of Danville, Ky., spent a few days last week with the latters parents, Mr. & Mrs. S. C. Galloway.


Issued week of Sept 7th, 1918
James Broglin to Lillie Ray
Hugh Carr to Ethel Presswood
Clide Anderson to Menerva Silcox

Issued week of   Sept 14, 1918

Ira Bryant to Gertrude Dotson
Walter Preswood to Malinda O??ey

Issued week of September 28th, 1918

Gardner Richards to Zena Goddard
Leroy Skeens to Florence Human
Alvis Cadle to Julia Chapman

Another  Morgan County boy, Herbert Garrett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Garrett, Lancing, Rt. 1, according to a message received by his parents, has been seriously wounded in action in France, This makes the third soldier from our county that we have heard of being the in the casualty list.

O.K. Johnson, Sam McCoy and Willie Walker, left Friday for Camp Wadsworth, S.C.

G. M. York dismissed his school last Monday and hiked himself down to the Co, Capital where he took upon himself the solemn and binding oath of a J.P.  If any young lady can find her a man to tie to her, proceed with him to the Squires where the knot will be tied at once.

John T. Stephens of the U. S. Navy came home last Sunday on Furlough.

Born to Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Crouch, on the 13th, a Big Boy.

Roscoe Anderson is spending a few days at Dayton Ohio before being called to service.

It is reported that Arthur Greer is very sick with typhoid fever.

Week of September 13, 1918
The following young men were selected and entrained last Friday for Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg S. C.  Citizens of Wartburg generously furnished cars for their transportation to Lancing:

Granville M. Hall
Charles Swicegood
Joe Sexton
Wm. H. Butler
Chas Olmstead
Horatio H. Shaver
Oscar Stephens
Thorwald Taylor
John H. McCartt
Elbert Goad
Everett Langley
Gilbert W. Hall
Walter Jestes
Roy H. Hall
James M McCoy
Leland T. Lavender
Floyd N. Shaddows
Geo. I Hall
Sam B. McCoy
Wm. H. Walker
Floyd A. VanGundy
Henry E. Meltohn
O Keneth Johnson
David H. Wilson



Week ending Nov 2nd, 1918

Clarence Strutton to Agnes Williams
James Fagan Jr., to Carrie Book
J. B. Duncan to Lizzie Black

Week ending November 9th 1918
Frances Rucker, Col to Alberta Chatton, Col
Jay McCartt ot Nellie Robbins

MARRIED  at the residence of the bride, four miles south of Wartburg on Sunday, Nov. 3, 1918, at 10 a m
Mrs. Lizzie Black and James B. Duncan. Squire I. J. Humamn preformed the ceremony. Mrs. Black is the widow of the late Carl Black and daughter of the late JWF Lehman, a prosperous farmer of this county. Mr. Duncan is well known by our people, having been a resident of this county all his life.

Mrs. Ross H. Williams went to Camp Sheridan, Montgomery Ala, Monday of this week to visit her husband who in camp at that place.

Our school is still closed an account of the flu in our community, but soon hope to see it open.

Mr. & Mrs. Arlow Nitzschke of Danville, Ky., spent a few days visiting his parents Mr. & Mrs. J. J. Nitzschke.

Miss Grace Kennedy of Rockwood attended the funeral of her brother Harry last Thursday.


The body of Harry Kennedy who died in the Hospital at Lexington, Ky with influenza followed by pneumonia, was shipped to Burrvlle for burial, Oct. 31st.

On October 22, at 3:20 P M, Mrs. Louvina Bowmamn died at her home in Oakdale, after an illness from influenza.  She was burried in Wartburg Cemetery on the 23rd.  She leaves surviving her, her mother, Mrs. D. W. Cooper, two daughtes, Jesse Lee Hall and Mary Baldwin Starkey, and four brothers Dr. Jno L.., James, Joe B, and Dave W., Jr., and her husband John Bowman.  Mrs. Bowman formerly resided in Wartburg and was well known here.  She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. D. W. Cooper.

A telegram has been received by Mrs. W. D. Jones of this place, that her son, Private Oscar Williams, was killed in action on Sept 28th.  This makes the second Morgan County bouy to make the supreme sacrifice in the present world war. Young Williams enlisted about one year ago and went overseas not long thereafter. He was only eighteen years of age and was the oldest son of Mrs. Jones

TWO MORE MORGAN COUNTY BOYS ON CASUALTY LIST – On last Friday appeared the name of John H. Carson, Oliver Springs, killed in action and on Saturday the name of Lee Martin, Coalfield, wounded, degree undetermined.  Both Morgan County boys, Carson, the first named who has made the supreme sacrifice left Morgan County, Sept., 1917 in a contingent of drafted men of about 65 in number.




Central High School Honor Roll

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

Marriage Licenses  and Marriages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Albert GARRETT is still peddling at Annadell.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following cases were heard and disposed of:

State vs:

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

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



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



BINGHAM’S CHAPEL     Bingham’s chapel was located about 2 1/2 miles west of Oakdale on what is now known as the Snow Hill Road area. Several families lived in this community. These families included the Whaleys, Engerts, Binghams, Snows, Robinson, Cromwell, Fairchilds and  more. There was a building used as a church house on Sunday and as a school during the week.  This building was bought by  Charles Engert and moved a-ways out the road and used as a home.  This building is still standing in 1999 and has been renovated and is owned by the Norris Family.  The Whaley Cemetery is across the road from this home.  The following  excerpts are about Bingham’s Chapel  and are from the Morgan County News.

January, 1927 
Henry McKenzie was the week end guest of Carl Whaley. 
Henry Fairchilds and family have moved to Danville, Ky. 
Alene Whaley went to Oakdale on business Friday. 
Miss Lela Hyde will return from her home next Sunday to take 
charge of her school at Bingham’s Chapel. 
Ben and Pearl Snow were the Sunday afternoon guests of Milton Whaley. 
Reece Gilland was the Saturday night guest of Miss Eva Fairchilds. 

February, 1927

Rev. James Rose filled his regular appointment at this place. 
Mr. Joe Robinson is on the sick list but is slowly improving. 
Miss Dorothy McKenzie Mr. Sidebottom and Henry McKenzie 
motored to Lenoir City Saturday afternoon. 
Dave C. Whaley is barbering in Harriman this week. 
Mr. Lonnie and High Snow were Sunday guests of Mr. Chas. Bingham. 
Other names mentioned:  Lou and Andy Fairchild, Mrs. Florence McKenzie, Harry 
Whaley,    Eva Fairchild, Ollie Fairchild,  Mrs. Chas. Bingham, John Bingham 

July, 1927

Rev. James Rose filled his regular appointment here Sunday. 
Emma Whaley of Mossy Grove was visiting Mr. & Mrs. D. C. Whaley at this place Sunday. 
Charlie Blake of Pine Orchard spent Saturday evening with Fred Whaley 
and enjoyed a nice Radio Program. 
Misses Eva and Ollie Fairchild motored to Union Sunday. 


 Rose was located north of Sunbright and near Burrville

April, 1918

Born to Mr. & Mrs. B. J. Neely on April 1st, a son. 
Rev. T. V. Peters failed to fill his regular appointment 
here last Sunday on account of so much rain. 
June 1918

Everett Jones who is in the US Navy located at Ft. H.G. Wright 
on Fishers Island, NY is at home on a ten day furlough. 
Several from here attended the Baptizing at the 
Byrd School house Sunday. 
Mrs. J. S. Young who has been visiting relatives at 
Oneida has returned home. 

September 13, 1918

G. M. York dismissed his school last Monday and hiked himself 
down to the Co. Capital where he took upon himself the solemn 
and binding oath of a J.P.  If any young lady can find her a man 
to tie to let her proceed with him to the Squires where the knot will be tied at once. 
June, 1920

Corell Hull of Dayton, Ohio was calling on Miss Charlotte Morton Sunday. 
Some of our young people attended the singing and play 
at Mrs. Lillie Davis’ Saturday night. 

January 1921

Died on the 25th of Dec., Henry M. York.A large crowd 
attended the funeral service conducted by Rev. Gamble. 
Interment was at Nydeck on the 27th. 
George M. York dismissed his school at Rugby about two 
weeks, on account of his father’s serious illness. 
Mrs. Jane Peters is at the bedside of her brother, 
A.J. Young, who is seriously ill at Rugby. 
January, 1922

 Hubert L. Lewallen of Dayton, O, is vivisting his home a few days. 
Fayette Crisp has moved to M.G. Drake’s farm. 
W. A. McKinney has moved to the Rollins place on White Oak. 
Rev. Jas. M. York of Va. is visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. M. York and other relatives here 
B.M. Brooks has turned out for fodder, so there will be no more school at Nydick for two weeks. 
February, 1928 
Lawson Crisp who recently married has set up house keeping at the G.W. Crisp place. 
R.M. Brooks is at Knoxville while his father H.MN. Brooks is the the hospital. 


Catoosa was located west of Lancing and Wartburg.* * * * 

July 1921 
Born to Mr. & Mrs. Pollard, on the 13th, 
a fine girl, named Mary Ina. 
Willie H. Summers is home from Hazard, Ky. 
Mrs.  Noah Potter was called here from Sunbright last week 
on account of her mother, Mrs. Martin Norris being very ill. 
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. 
March 1926

Born to Mr. & Mrs. Gillum Jones, March 24th, a fine girl 
who will bear the name Geneva. 
Mrs. A. M. Hawn was the guest of Mrs. E. T. Brown Sunday. 
Mr. Archie Brown was the Sunday Guest of Carl Zumstein. 
Mrs. Fred Jones and little daughter, Ruth were visiting 
Mr. and Mrs. Gillum Jones Sunday. 
September, 1926 
Jessie Debord and Ed Jackson moved their families to Powells Station last week. 
Miss Jewel Allen of Marton, Tenn.. began school here 
last week with an enrollment of forty six pupils. 


May have been called Huffman’s Switch and was located north of Wartburg between Sunbright and Glen Mary

February, 1920 

Reuben Hurtt was out riding on his bicycle Sunday. 
Misses Sarah and Florence Dunaway and Dewey Hutcherson were 
the guest of Mollie and Dorothy Hurtt Sunday. 
Mr. Carl Trew who has been working at Warley, Ky, 
spent the week-end with his mother Mrs. Hannah Trew. 
Miss Julia hurt spent the night with home folks 
Mr. & Mrs. W. E. Hurtt Saturday night. 
Mr. J. R. Hurtt is not running his mill this week. 
He is logging and preparing to saw next week. 
Mrs. Z. T. Scott has been very ill but is better at this writing. 
MAY, 1920 
Ed Bunch called on his best girl Miss Ruth Hurtt near 
Sunbright.  We are sorry Ruth has moved so far away. 
We are sorry  to learn that Misses Molley and Dorothy Hurtt and 
Eunice Scott have moved to Union Grove. 
John L. Scott is spending a few days in Lancing this week. 
B. B. Barnes left Monday for Bollingreen, Ky. 
Miss Lola Davis was the Sunday Guest of Miss Molley Hurtt. 

Howard W. Armes

Co. D. 491 Port BN.
Indian Town Gap, Pa.  1942
b. July 9th, 1921  –  d. October 12, 1984
He was married to Irene Melton Armes.

Enlistment Date: 13 Aug 1942
Enlistment State: Georgia
Enlistment City: Fort Oglethorpe
Branch: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial – Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Automobile Serviceman
Marital Status: Single, with dependents
Height: 69
Weight: 150

Son of Aaron & Florence Daughtery Armes…Brother of English, Dan, Flora Dora, John B., Govenor P. and Dorman Armes.

Courtesy of    Alice Armes  – daughter of Howard W. Armes

Additional info courtesy of Ericka York