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January 9, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-A 6-year-old daughter of Mr. A. R. ROSS, of Fountain Hill, Union county, was burned to death a few days ago.  Clothing caught [fire] from the fire place.

-A correspondent of the Monroe Journal says that Walter EVANS, colored, died a few days [ago] of hydrophobia, having been bitten by a mad dog about seven weeks previously.


Wednesday, Jan. 10, 1900, The Greensboro Telegram, Daily (Greensboro, Guilford County, NC)

-Murder at Wadesboro. Wadesboro, N.C., Jan. 9 – Major SMITH, a young white man who lives at Peachland, was found dead this morning about 6 o’clock in the road leading from Wadesboro to the depot at this point. The deceased had a bullet hole through his head and there was evidence that he had been dragged from the place of murder into the woods by the road.  The deceased was about thirty-three years old and was attending court at Wadesboro, where he appeared as a defendant in two of more criminal indictments. No clue has been found.


January 12, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Mr. Mage SMITH, who lived near Peachland, Anson county, was found dead in the woods near the depot at Wadesboro Tuesday morning. He had been attending court and the last seen of him alive he was going to the depot to take the train for home. The dead man’s pockets had been rifled and his watch was gone and it is therefore assumed that he was murdered and robbed.


Thursday, January 18, 1900, CONCORD TIMES (Concord, Cabarrus County, N.C.)

-There was a distressing accident at Mr. Milas HELMS’, in the northwestern part of the county [Union County], early last Monday morning.  Mr. HELMS was putting a pistol in a bureau drawer and the hammer struck the edge of the drawer, discharging the weapon.  The bullet struck Miss Bertha, a daughter of Mr. HELMS, just behind the left ear, and penetrated the outer bone of the skull. Dr. J. A. AUSTIN was immediately called and extracted the bullet.  The young lady had her hair braided and the bullet struck one of the braids and its force was stopped to a great extent by the braid of hair.  The bullet was flattened and it took considerable force to extract it.  The young lady is doing well and will soon recover.


January 23, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-The Journal says that Mrs. Lydia T. PUSSER, of Union county, a widow who has 13 children, and Mr. G. H. GARMAN, of Stanly county, a widower who has 13 children, were married at Monroe last Tuesday.


May 8, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-The Monroe Journal records the death of Mrs. Lydia A. BENTON, of Union county, aged 76.  The Journal says she was a great Bible reader, having read the Bible through every year for the past 40 years.


June 15, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-A correspondent of the Charlotte Observer says that last Friday a little child of Mr. Hampton FOWLER, who lives three or four miles north of Monroe, was swinging in a common rope swing, when in some manner the child got the rope around its  neck, lost its hold on the seat and was strangled to death.


June 26, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The house of John ESTRIDGE, who lives five miles south of Waxhaw, just across the South Carolina line, was struck by lightning Friday night and one of his daughters was killed and another so badly injured that she may not recover. The bed on which the young ladies were sleeping was set on fire.



-John Wright McRAE born Anson Co., N.C., April 11, 1811; died Holmes Co., Miss., May 10, 1900; married Emoline DIGGS, Dec. 17, 1846. Mississippi.


August 31, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-A Distressing Accident at Rockingham. Rockingham Special, 28th, Charlotte Observer. Herman Baumgarton, the little 4-year old boy of Mr. Louis WEILL, of this place, shot himself at the residence of Mr. James T. LEGRAND this morning, carrying off one side of his head, resulting in his death in a few hours later.  There was a double-barreled breech-loading shot-gun in the hallway and little Herman, seeing it, began to play with it, none of Mr. LEGRAND’S family being in that part of the house and not knowing that Herman was there at all.  In some way both barrels of load struck Herman just above the right ear, blowing a gash about four inches long and one inch wide, taking the skull away and causing the brain to ooze out.  The family are grief-stricken, Mrs. WEILL being almost prostrated.


September 28, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Monroe Journal: Mr. C. Q. LEMMOND, of Vance township, an aged and well known citizen of the county, met with a peculiar and serious accident Friday.  He was crossing or had just crossed his pasture fence, when a vicious old ram ran at him and struck him, knocking him down and breaking his thigh.


October 5, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Charlotte Observer, 3d - A telephone message to the Observer yesterday morning from Dr. A. J. AUSTIN, Oak Grove, Union county, states that Mr. Vann SIKES, of Stanly county, and the wife of Sam NOTS, colored, have been arrested on a charge of poisoning Dr. S. J. LOVE, on the 31st of last August.  A telegram to the Observer yesterday afternoon from Monroe states: “A telephone message received there a short  time ago says that Mr. Vann SIKES, a prominent white man, and a negro woman, have been arrested, charged with poisoning Dr. S. J. LOVE and others at Mr. Tom LOVE’S a few weeks ago.  The woman has confessed that SIKES gave her $5 and the poison for doing the deed.  The prisoners are guarded near the scene.  About fifty people are collected and the highest excitement prevails.” 

An account of this poisoning was published in the Observer of September 5th -  the day following the death of Dr. LOVE.  In this publication it was stated that on the 31st of August Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LOVE, whose residence is just across the river from LONG’S Store, in Union county, had their wheat threshed, and, following the usual custom, entertained at dinner all the men engaged in the threshing.

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LOVE, Dr. LOVE, who lived with his parents, and his brother, Wade,  and his sister dined with the large party of threshers.  The meal was the ordinary bountiful repast for such an occasion.  Within 15 minutes after it had been eaten Dr. LOVE became violently ill, suffering with intense nausea.  His mother, sister and brother and five of the threshers also became sick with the same symptoms.  Though suffering greatly the latter were taken to their homes and recovered; and all the members of the LOVE family recovered except Dr. LOVE, who died four days later.

Since the poisoning the legal authorities have been diligently at work on the case, with the result that the NOTS woman was arrested yesterday morning.  Dr. AUSTIN phoned the Observer that she made a confession of her guilt to the officer making the arrest, and had implicated her husband’s brother, John NOTS, a negro named HAMILTON, and, finally, Mr. Vann SIKES.

The woman was a cook at the LOVE residence at the time of the threshing.  According to Dr. AUSTIN’S information she said yesterday that John NOTS had given the poison to her and told her to poison Mr. and Mrs. Thomas LOVE, Dr. J. S. LOVE, his brother Wade LOVE, and a thresher named TAYLOR.  The poison was in the form of a white powder, and was, presumably, arsenic.  In giving the powder to her, she said, John NOTS explained that he had received it from a negro named HAMILTON, and that it had been given to the latter by Mr. Vann SIKES, who would pay $5 if it was administered.

The prisoner said that she sprinkled the poison over tomatoes, which she served at dinner and which were eaten by others in addition to those she intended to kill.  After the white people had concluded their meal she removed and threw away all uneaten tomatoes to prevent the poisoning of the negroes in the kitchen.  From the information supplied Dr. AUSTIN no malice on the part of the woman thus far appears.  She committed the murder for the $5.

[Later information is that Mr. SIKES was acquitted, the effort to implicate him being the result of a conspiracy among the negroes.  The negro woman, Ellen NOTS, and her brother-in-law, John NOTS, were committed to jail.  Another negro named HAMILTON, who was arrested, was acquitted.]


October 23, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-The Wadesboro Messenger says that Mr. Reuben DAVIS, of Iredell county, and Mrs. Susan KNOTTS, of Lanesboro township, Anson county, were married on Sunday, 14th.


October 30, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Silas DEESE, a young white man who lived on the farm of Mr. Bob GLENN, four or five miles south of Monroe, was killed about noon Friday by being run over by a loaded wagon.  He was preparing to move and had a wagon loaded, just ready to start. As he attempted to get on the wagon the horses moved off quickly and threw him under it, the wagon passing directly over his body.  He lived only a few minutes after the accident.


November 9, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Ed. BIVENS, a negro who lives near Marshville, was shot by his wife Friday night.  BIVENS, it seems, had whipped or was whipping one of the children when the woman became infuriated, snatched up a shot gun and emptied the load into his side.  The negro was living yesterday, but it was thought that he would die.


November 13, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Enquirer says someone entered Mr. Frank CROOK’S house, two miles west of Monroe, Wednesday afternoon and took $125 and a razor. There was no one near the house when the burglary was committed. The house was entered by breaking open a window.

-The Wadesboro Messenger says that Mr. Henry WHITLEY, who lived just across the line in Stanly county, was accidentally killed late Saturday afternoon, 3d. He climbed up in his barn loft to get some rough feed for his stock and fell through a hole and broke his neck.


November 23, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-The Journal says that the 12 year-old son of Mr. R. L. GORDON, who lives near Monroe, was thrown from a horse Monday morning and so badly injured that he died in 20 minutes.


December 25, 1900, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-The Monroe Journal says the little 2 year-old child of Mr. Zeb RICHARDSON, of South Monroe township, fell into a pot of water last Saturday evening and was drowned.  There was only a gallon or so of water in the vessel -  just enough to cover the child’s head.





January 15, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The patrons of the Monroe dispensary spent $20,000 last year for booze. According to the statement of the dispensary management enough liquor was sold by the dispensary last year, to say nothing of blind tigers, to make every man, woman and child in the county drunk three times and then there would have been enough left for the snake bites and colic. And not long ago we were asked to write an article condemning the United States government for allowing bar-rooms to be established in Manila.

-Max BUCHANAN, colored, fell under a train in Monroe, Wednesday night, and was killed.


February 12, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Dr. J. B. ASHCRAFT, a prominent citizen of Union county, died Thursday. He was the father of Messrs. B.C. and Eugene ASHCRAFT, of the Monroe Enquirer.


February 19, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer says that Mr. Cul TARLTON, of New Salem township, Union county, lost three of his children within a week with pneumonia and another is now lying at the point of death.

-Albemarle Enterprise: Mrs. Sarah McSWAINE, who lived two miles west of Norwood, dropped dead suddenly January 26th. She had been in her usual health and was sitting by the fire knitting, when it is thought she endeavored to move her position, falling into the fire in making the attempt. Apoplexy is supposed to have been the cause. Her arm, face and clothing were burned considerably before Mrs. G. D. McSWAINE, her daughter-in-law, discovered what had happened. She was 68 years of age and six children survive her.


February 26, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer, 21st: Mr. J. M. GAY, a Mexican war veteran, died at his home in Beaufort township last Sunday, February 17th. He was about seventy-five years old. He had been demented for a number of years. It is said that a love affair with a Mexican lady was the cause of the old man’s mental derangement, but more likely the cause of the failure of his mind was a wound he received in the war in which he made a good soldier. Mr. GAY never married and lived all alone on a small tract of land he owned.


April 2, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Wadesboro Messenger says the barn of Mr. T. E. DIGGS, in Wolf Pitt township, Richmond county, was burned by an incendiary fire Thursday night, March 21st. In the stables were 13 mules and two horses. Two of the mules were rescued from the burning building, but they are so badly burned it is thought they will have to be killed. Eleven mules and the two horses were burned to death. There was also burned about 500 bushels of corn, 300 bushels of oats, a large quantity of hay and fodder and many farm tools and implements. The loss is about $4,000; insurance $1,400.

August 13, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Mr. W. R. BRUCE, who lived in Buford township, Union county, was suddenly taken ill while performing his duties as superintendent of Sandy Ridge Baptist church Sunday school on Sunday morning, 4th, and died soon afterward. Deceased was about 50 years old and was born in Iredell county. When a young man he moved to Kershaw county, S. C., and twice represented that county in the Legislature. He had lived in Union county since 1894, and the Monroe Enquirer speaks in the highest terms of him as a man and a citizen.

-Monroe Enquirer: Mr. W. F. STILLWELL, who lives two and a half miles east of Monroe, has the most prolific bees we have heard of. On the first of April last year Mr. STILLWELL had one hive of bees and by the first of June the bees had swarmed three times from that hive. Starting on this season with four hives Mr. STILLWELL now has eighteen hives of bees, or fourteen swarms from four hives. Some one good at figures will please tell us how many hives of bees Mr. STILLWELL will have at the end of the season of 1910, if his bees keep on multiplying as they have for the past year.

-The Monroe Enquirer says that Mr. Henry REDFEARN, of Anson county, was riding a mule from the field recently when the animal threw him. As he fell his foot caught in the gearing and the mule dragged him about 25 yards and stopped. REDFEARN was unable to get his foot loose and the mule started to run the second time when REDFEARN seized it by the hind legs and locking his arms around them hung on for dear life while the mule ran as best it could for a considerable distance. It did not cease its efforts to run until it was almost exhausted. Mr. REDFEARN was sorely bruised and was unable to work for several days.


August 22, 1901 The MONROE ENQUIRER, (Union County, NC)

-Mr. O.C. CURLEE'S cottage near his residence, is nearly completed.

-Dr. H.B. HOYLE'S residence was burglarized.

-Mrs. Joanna THOMPSON, wife of Mr. David THOMPSON, of Vance township, died last Sunday. She was about thirty-five years old.

-Mr. John YOW, of Stanly county, is a vegetarian, not from a standpoint of health, but from taste. Mr. YOW is thirty seven years old and has never tasted meat....

-Mr. M.D. MYERS is again deputy sheriff...

-Mrs. Miriam HOWIE, of Sandy Ridge township, died Aug 13, 1901...

seventy years old... member of Pleasant Grove Methodist church...

widow of the late George HOWIE. Made her home with her son-in-law, Mr. W.I. BLYTHE. Four children: Messrs. W.H., W.F. and J.W. HOWIE, and Mrs. A.M. HOWIE survive her.

-Mary Foy COPPLE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. COPPLE died August 20, 1901...10 months old. Buried at Wingate cemetery.

-The 9th annual reunion of the CROWELL family, which was held in a grove in the eastern portion of the city last Thursday, was attended by fifty-four members... Mr. A.M. CROWELL delivered a short historical address...

-Mr. James White MARSH was born in Marshville township, July 30th, 1853, and died at his home in Marshville on August 20, 1901....

-The stock holders of the Monroe Oil and Fertilizer Company elected officers: W.S. LEE, president, T.C. LEE, secretary and treasurer. Board of directors: E.M. GRIFFIN, G.S. LEE, J.J. CROW, J.W. MARSH, R.A. MORROW, D.A. HOUSTON, W.A. LANE, J.R. ENGLISH, J.M. BELK, W.C. HEATH.

-Two boys, Roscoe SLAGLE and Cleveland LANEY, employees of the Waxhaw Cotton Mills, had a quarrel last Wednesday night. SLAGLE drew a knife and stabbed LANEY under the left shoulder blade...the physician says he is out of danger...

-The McCAIN milling plant is for sale, situated 8 miles south of Waxhaw in a good community...Six acres of good land, two good dwellings and good barn and outhouses to go with the outfit...

Apply to J.W. McCAIN & Co., Waxhaw, N.C.

-Misses Maggie SMITH and Vindie McCOLLUM, of Polkton, are visiting Mrs. H.L. CUTHBERTSON'S at Wolfeville.

-A Tribute: W.R. BRUCE, whose death we all regret so much...member of the Baptist church...

-Notice of Executor: F.P. THERRELL, Executor of D.W. THERRELL, Dec'd.

-Notice to Creditors: J.W. CHANEY, administrator of Jared F. HILL, deceased.

-Notice of Executor: S.Joseph RICHARDSON, Executor of John RICHARDSON, Deceased.

Executor's Notice: Henry L. CROWELL, Extr. of Martha E. CROWELL, Decd.

-Notice to Creditors: John MORGAN, Administrator of Lucinda MORGAN, Dec'd.


-Medical Department, University of N.C.

Tuition, $60. Other expenses low. F.P. VENABLE, President, Chapel Hill, N.C.

-M.A. GRIFFIN, Richardson Creek Herd of Large Bershire Pigs.

-W.M. GORDON, Fire, Life, Accident, Health Insurance.

-HEATH-LEE Hardware.

-W.J. RUDGE Company.


September 6, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-A deplorable tragedy was enacted here this morning about 8 o’clock in the death at his own hands of Osgood HEATH, the 15 year-old son of Mr. O. P. HEATH.  Just how the accident happened is not known.  There was the muffled crack of a pistol in an upstairs bedroom, the family at breakfast heard it and with alarm rushed upstairs to see what was the matter.  There a terrible sight met their eyes.  Lying on the bed with a bullet hole through the heart lay the lifeless body of the boy who but just a few minutes before had finished his breakfast and left the table.  Lying by his side was the pistol which told in some measure how the awful tragedy happened….. It is supposed that he lay down on the bed, picked up the pistol and began handling it.  The weapon is a 32 calibre, hammerless, and without care very easily discharged….


October 22, 1901, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: The first gin accident of the season is reported from Jackson township. Last Monday Mr. Porter STARNES got his left hand caught in Mr. W. D. STARNES’ cotton gin and the saws literally tore the hand and arm up to the elbow into shreds. Drs.W. R. McCAIN, of Waxhaw, and J. W. BAILEY, of Mineral Springs, amputated Mr. STARNES’ arm just above the elbow last Monday night and the patient is doing well.





April 29, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Mr. Jas. G. COVINGTON, a prominent citizen of Monroe, died Tuesday, aged 41.  He was mayor of Monroe for three terms.


May 16, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

The Monroe Enquirer says that last Wednesday morning James and Walter BELK, sons of Mr. Jack BELK, who lives near Dudley, S. C., about 15 miles south of Monroe, came to that town and started on their homeward journey in the afternoon. The boys were but a short distance from home and were hurrying to reach shelter before an approaching storm cloud reached them when lightning struck them, instantly killing James and the two mules they were driving and tearing a shoe from Walter’s foot and badly shocking him.


July 25, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer says the year-old child of Mr. Jefferson HILL, of North Monroe township, Union county, was burned to death Saturday, 19th. Mrs. HILL went out of the house for a few minutes, leaving her baby and another child, about three years old, in the home. When she returned she found her baby’s clothing in flames and the child so badly burned that it died before a doctor could reach it.  The children by some means got a box of matches and in playing with them set fire to the baby’s clothing. The older child was not injured.


August 8, 1902, The Charlotte Observer (Mecklenburg County, NC)

-Death of Mr. John Skipper - Mr. John Skipper died yesterday morning at 1 o'clock at his residence at 813 West Third Street.  He had been an invalid for several months and his death was not unexpected.  He was 72 years old.  He is survived by several grown children.  The interment was at Elmwood

yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock.  Mr. Skipper was a Confederate veteran, having served honorably through the whole war.  He belonged to Company I, Forty-eighth Regiment of North Carolina volunteers.  His remains were laid to rest by a party of his old comrades. Submitted by Skipper Cornwell.


September 19, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

Wadesboro Special, 15th: Killed His Brother For A Turkey: A most singular and horrible accident occurred in the upper part of this county early this morning. Messrs. Charlie and Thomas CURLEE, sons of David CURLEE, Esq., went out on Richardson’s Creek turkey hunting, before it was light. Thomas went up in the top of a tree to yelp up the birds, while his brother was out on the skirts of the forest. Not knowing where his brother was, Charlie followed the sound of the yelping, thinking it was a turkey and, spying an object in the top of a tree, fired at it.  To his utter amazement and horror he had shot his brother, who fell to the ground and died almost instantly. The surviving brother is prostrated with grief.


September 26, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Monroe Journal: Mrs. Jas. SMITH, of Vance township, swallowed enough strychnine Sunday afternoon to kill twenty men, and died in great convulsions six hours afterward.  She had been drinking and the motive for the deed was pique at her husband.  Indeed, it is not known certainly whether she really intended to do more than frighten her husband.  She was 38 years old and the second wife of her husband, who is an older man.  They both drank.  About a year ago he threatened to take poison, and maybe did take some, intending to scare his wife.  Last Sunday afternoon she told him she had a good mind to take poison and kill herself.  He told her to go ahead if she wanted to, he didn’t care, not thinking she was in earnest.  But she took him at his word, got down a large vial of strychnine which had been kept in the house ten or fifteen years to kill crows, and took about half of it.  She must have taken thirty or forty grains.  She told what she had done, and there was an effort to get a doctor, but none was gotten there till she was dead.  In an hour the woman was seized with the most violent convulsions, which lasted till she died at eight o’clock after taking the poison at about two in the afternoon.


October 24, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Tom RICHARDSON, employed in a cotton gin in Marshville, was struck by a shaft Tuesday evening and his skull crushed so badly that he died in a short time.


December ?, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-A serious cutting affair occurred at a brandy distillery two miles from Big Lick (twelve miles from Albemarle) late Friday afternoon. Matthew and Titus HONEYCUTT, Ab HAHN and Duncan KENNEDY took on too much brandy and as a result a quarrel ensued. In a fight which followed KENNEDY was slashed with a knife across the throat, missing the jugular vein about a quarter of an inch.


December 2, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-John MARSH, a negro, was convicted of criminally assaulting a respectable colored school teacher and was sentenced to be hanged January 6th.


December 5, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer of last week says: “Rev. B. F. FINCHER, of the Clear Creek circuit, tells us that his people gave him a new suit, overcoat, hat and shoes to wear to Conference. Mr. FINCHER has served his people well and faithfully and goes to the Stony Point circuit, in Iredell county. He is a Union county man and is held in high esteem by all who know him.”

-The dispensary at Monroe has been voted out and application was made for license for five saloons there. The town charter fixes the license at $1,000. But the alderman refused the license by a vote of 4 to 1 and Monroe will be dry after January 1.


December 9, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Here’s another case of the boy and the toy gun – this one from the Wadesboro Messenger: Russell, the 6 year old son of Robert SINGLETON, and another small boy were playing with an air rifle last Saturday afternoon. They put two balls in the rifle and after getting one of them out Russell looked in the barrel just as the other boy pulled the trigger, discharging the rifle. The ball struck Russell in the eye, inflicting a painful wound, though it is not thought the sight of the eye will be destroyed.


December 16, 1902, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Mr. and Mrs. Isaac NEWSOME, of New Salem township, Union county, have 19 children and all of them are yet under the parental roof.

-Mrs. Lizzie SMITH, of Rushing, Union county, was fatally burned Wednesday, dying the next day. The Wadesboro Courier says the woman was making brooms in front of the fire place when the brooms caught fire. While trying to extinguish the flames her clothing caught [fire] and she was fatally burned.

-The Wadesboro Messenger tells this story of Rembert J. BEVERLY, colored, who lives in Gulledge township, Anson county: “In 1883 Rembert went to work for himself. At this time he was worth absolutely nothing, but he labored hard and lived economically and now he owns over 700 acres of land, all paid for. Rembert is an excellent farmer and when anyone makes good crops he does too. He ran a 14 horse farm this year and his cotton crop will aggregate 150 bales. Beside the cotton he made over 1,200 bushels of corn and other produce in proportion.” Such men are a credit and honor to their race. It’s a pity there are so few of them.





January 8, 1903, CONCORD TIMES (Cabarrus Co., NC)

Toy Pistol Victim – Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 2 – Vester, son of  J.R. Caudle, died to-day from blood poisoning as the result of a wound received by the explosion of a toy pistol Christmas Day. The pistol, of the blank cartridge variety, exploded in young Caudle’s hand, but made only a slight wound. It was healing nicely when yesterday symptoms of blood poisoning developed and the boy sank rapidly until the end came.

[note: I have not been able to determine if this was an Anson Co., NC Caudle family or not. Can anyone help?]


January 13, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: Rev. J. L. BENNETT, of Marshville, will leave for Wake Forest College next Tuesday to enter as a student. Mr. BENNETT is a well known Baptist minister and is now pastor of four or five churches. He is a man far past life’s meridian and has grandchildren, but he believes that one is never too old to learn, hence he enters college, though it is late in life with him.


January 20, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Mr. Henry HIGHTOWER, who kept a small store at Cason Old Field, died Wednesday morning about 4 o’clock. Mr. HIGHTOWER last Friday wrapped himself in a blanket and lay down beside the stove in his store and went to sleep. The blanket became ignited and badly burned Mr. HIGHTOWER’S feet and legs up to his knees; and had it not been for some children near by who saw the flames he, together with the store house, would have been burned up. Death is supposed to have been caused by the burns, complicated by other diseases. Mr. HIGHTOWER was never married and was about 38 years old.


Wednesday, January 21, 1903, The Greensboro Patriot (Guilford County, N.C.)

Also in Jan 22, 1903 STANLY ENTERPRISE (Albemarle, Stanly County, NC)

Tar Heel Member of Jesse James' Gang.

At his home, in Lanesboro township, Mr. Merrimon Little, after a short illness of pneumonia, died last Saturday [10th]. Mr. Little, who was 76 years of age, was well known in upper Anson and Union Counties. The Messenger-Intelligencer is informed by several reliable parties that Mr. Little was, at one time, a member of the famous Jesse James Gang, the history of which is well known to every one. Just how long he followed the daring James boys, or why he left them, is not known, as Mr. Little, of course, was always reticent in regard to the matter. He, however, imbibed some of the daring spirit of his leader, as many of his neighbors well knew, and some of them to their sorrow. But whatever his past may have been, we bow our heads and say, "Peace to his ashes." Wadesboro Messenger Intelligencer.


January 27, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Thomas PRESSON, a 15-year old boy, living in Buford township, Union county, went out Thursday to shoot a bird. The gun would not fire, so the boy took it into the house to fix it. While working with it, the gun discharged, the entire load entering the body of the three-year-old son of Mr. Lemuel FERGUSON. The child died next day. The boy who did the shooting is an uncle of the child, and a son of Mr. Lemuel PRESSON, who accidentally killed himself with a shot gun during the holidays.


January 29, 1903 The Concord Times (Cabarrus County, NC)

-Monroe: Eli ROGERS, a white man who has twice been in the State Hospital in Morganton, to-day shot and killed a negro boy and Miss Nancy PRESSLEY, near his home, eight miles from here. The boy was killed with a shot gun while leading a team, and the woman was shot through the window of her house. ROGERS said he killed her because he loved her. He gave no excuse for killing the negro. As near as can now be learned, the particulars are as follows: This morning Eli ROGERS was roaming through the woods near his mother’s home, eight miles west of Monroe, carrying a shot-gun. He came upon Will RICHARDSON, an 18-year old negro boy, who was leading a team, hauling logs for a saw mill, when he deliberately raised his gun, shot and instantly killed the boy. This happened at 9 o’clock. An hour later the owner of the team found the boy dead. At 11 o’clock ROGERS, in passing the house of Jack HELMS, who is a tenant on his (ROGERS’) mother’s land, fired through the window, at Miss Nancy PRESSLEY, the load entering her mouth and blowing her head off. Miss PRESSLEY was a step-daughter of Mr. HELMS. ROGERS has twice been in the State Hospital, but was discharged several years ago.


Tuesday, March 17, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. W. F. HELMS and Miss Jennie HELMS of Raywood were married o the 8th, Esq. S. A. HELMS, officiating.

-Mr. Sam H. HUDSON and Miss Lina ARMFIELD, daughter of Mr. E. A. ARMFIELD, were married in the parlor of the Methodist church last Thursday night at eight o’clock, Rev. M. A. SMITH officiated…

-Dr. J. E. ASHCRAFT left Saturday night for Atlanta, where he will permanently take up the practice of medicine…



-Mary Ann DOWNER daughter of Clement and Mary LONG, born Anson Co, N.C., Jan. 4, 1823; died Lewisburg, Miss., Jan. 23, 1903; married Thomas J. DOWNER (died Jan. 12, 1886), Jan. 8, 1846; moved to DeSoto Co., Miss. in January 1850; 11 children.


Tuesday, March 24, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Lorena Verna, the seven-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. BROOM of Monroe, died Friday of last week…

-Among the things that are not what they used to be are taxes.  In looking over some old papers the other day, Mr. G. D. BROOM found an old tax receipt of his father’s.  On 240 acres of land, one poll and considerable personal property, the total tax was 87 cents for the years 1826.  The receipt was signed by A. C. Labatte, who was doubtless a local tax collector in this section under the sheriff of Mecklenburg.  Mr. BROOM also found that of this land his father had bought a tract of 140 acres for $120.


Tuesday, March 31, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Lanes Creek – Mr. L. R. Huggins, son of Mr. J. C. HUGGINS, and Miss Cora MORGAN, daughter of Mr. G. C. MORGAN, both of Lane’s Creek township [were married]…

-Mrs. J. F. WISHART of Terre Haute, Ind., is visiting her sister, Mrs. M. L. FLOW.

-Miss Mollie GIBSON of Stevens died Friday morning as a result of injuries received from burning the day before.  While in the field with her father, Miss GIBSON, who was 17 years of age, went to throw some trash upon a burning brush pile and her dress took fire. She began to run, but her father and some other men caught her and began to extinguish the flames.  Maddened by pain, she broke lose and ran again, and the flames being fanned to new life burned her fearfully before she was caught and the fire finally put out.  She died in great pain.


April 7, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer says that Mrs. D.C. ROBINSON, of Vance township, Union county, whose mind is unbalanced, jumped into a well last Tuesday with suicidal intent. The well was about 30 feet deep and had about 10 feet of water, but the unfortunate woman was rescued without serious injury.

-The Enquirer says a two-year-old child of Mr. Chas. STRAWN, who lives near Monroe, last week fell into a well about 65 feet deep, in which there was about 35 feet of water, but after a half hour’s work was rescued unhurt saye for slight blisters where she struck the water. What prevented the little one from drowning is not stated.


Tuesday, April 7, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Gilford MYERS and Miss Mary YANDLE, both of Vance township, were married at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. W. H. YANDLE, on March 29th.  Esq. S. J. HOWARD, officiated.

-Mr. Julius PUSSER and Miss Hettie GODWIN, both of New Salem township, were married at the residence of the officiating magistrate, P. J. C. EFIRD, Esq., on March 26.

-Mrs. D. C. ROBINSON of Vance township, who has for sometime been of unsound mind, jumped into a well last Tuesday, and came near being drowned.  Some children ran to a neighbors home and got help and she was rescued.

-Mary Liles, the fifteen-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. PETTAWAY, died on Monday, March 30th of pneumonia.

-Mrs. E. C. BROADWAY of Monroe was married to Mr. J. T. TADLOCK of Marshville township last Wednesday at two o’clock.  The ceremony occurred at the home of Mrs. BROADWAY in Monroe and was witnessed by a good number of friends.  Rev. M. A. SMITH officiated.  The couple left immediately for the home of the groom.  Mrs. TADLOCK is a good woman and will make a happy companion.  The groom is one of the most prosperous farmers of his section and a man of high character.

-Yesterday in the court house, ‘Squire H. C. MOORE united in marriage Mr. Charles GRIFFIN of Vance township and Miss Etta BAUCOM of New Salem.

-Mrs. S. C. BAUCOM of Monroe township died Sunday night.  She leaves a husband and two children.  She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist church.

-Mr. W. F. RAE of Indian Trail died Sunday of dropsy of the heart.  He was seventy years of age, and is survived by his wife.  The body was buried at Matthews yesterday.

-Mr. C. A. AUSTIN of Marshville township was in town yesterday on crutches.  Some time ago he accidentally cut his right foot nearly off with an axe, and has not yet become able to walk without crutches.

-Thos. DAVIDSON, the nine-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William DAVIDSON of Charlotte was killed by a street car last Friday afternoon.  Mrs. DAVIDSON was a native of Monroe (Miss Maggie SIMPSON, sister of Esqr. C. N. SIMPSON) and has many friends here, besides relatives, who deeply feel for her in this sore affliction… [lengthy article]


Tuesday, April 14, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Marshville – M. A. TEAL of Anson county, formerly of Hot Springs, Ark. Has moved his family here, because Marshville is a thriving place and has a good school.

-Mr. L. L. GREEN and Miss Emma MARSH, daughter of Mr. J. D. MARSH were married last Wednesday evening at the home of the bride’s parents in Marshville township.  Rev. W. V. HONEYCUTT officiated.

-Mr. T. J. WILLIAMS of east Monroe township was married last Tuesday evening to Miss Emma MARSH at the home of the latter’s father, Capt. A. T. MARSH, in Alexander county.  Mr. WILLIAMS is a good citizen and well-to-do farmer, and has many friends and neighbors who wish him much happiness in his new relation.

-Henry COVINGTON, an old darkey well known about  town, died Friday and his home on Mr. Randolph REDFEARN’S premises.  He had been a servant in Mr. REDFEARN’S family almost constantly since the war.  Henry was an honest, faithful, humble man and had the respect of the white people.  He was once worth some property, but lost it by going security for some members of his race.

-Cards are out announcing the marriage of Mr. Emsily Wilson GRIFFIN to Miss Etta WILLIAMSON, April 29th, at half past seven, in the Presbyterian church.

-Mr. Frank RICHARDSON of Chesterfield county and  Miss Fearl [Pearl?] GRIFFIN, daughter of Mr. N. W. GRIFFIN of Monroe, were married at the bride’s home here Sunday, Rev. M. A. SMITH, officiating.

-Capt. L. A. W. TURNER, a well known citizen of Monroe was found dead in bed last Thursday morning.  The discovery of his death was made about half-past 5 o’clock, and the body was yet warm… On account of the absence of the deceased’s son, Mr. Frank TURNER, who lives in Texas, the funeral was not held until Sunday, Mr. TURNER having arrived Saturday night… Capt. TURNER was born in Camden, S.C., 67 years ago.  Coming to Monroe in 1858, he married Miss M. M. HOUSTON, daughter of the late Hugh M. HOUSTON, and lived here continuously except for the four years which he spent on the battlefields of Virginia.  He was among the first volunteers, and nothing could be said in greater testimonies of his qualities as a soldier than that he was elected captain of Company A, 48th North Carolina regiment.  This was one of the fighting regiments of the Southern army, and in all its conflicts Capt. TURNER bore a gallant part.  His love for his comrades and their memory grew with each year of his life, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than to attend their reunions or to talk over the days of their struggle.  The deceased is survived by five children and a devoted wife.


Tuesday, April 21, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. William STARNES and Miss Mary NELSON, daughter of Mr. A. J. NELSON of Buford township, were married April 12th, at Tabernacle manse, by Rev. W. C. WYNNE of South Carolina.

-Dr. Frank HOUSTON, brother of Dr. W. B. HOUSTON of Monroe, continues to win honors in his adopted State, Texas.  He is president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of that State and was last week honored with the title of L. L. D. by Tulane University.

-Rev. Edward FULLENWIDER, son of Mr. H. O. FULLENWIDER of this place, will be married on May  6th to Miss Minnie BLACKWELDER of Mt. Pleasant.


April 24, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Forgot to Have the Couple Join Hands. The Wadesboro Messenger says that Mr. Ed. CARTER and Mrs. Ellen THOMAS were married Sunday night, 12th, in the Methodist church at Polkton, Anson county.  The officiating minister was Rev. R. T. N. STEPHENSON, well known in this section of the State.  In the ceremony Mr. STEPHENSON forgot to have the couple hold hands.  After they had left the church a friend called his attention to the omission, and not being satisfied that the ceremony was legally performed, the pastor looked them up and married them over.


Tuesday, April 28, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-At eight o’clock tomorrow night Mr. W. A. STEWART and Miss Leda STEVENS, daughter of Mrs. Atha STEVENS, will be married…

-Mrs. Owen POLK of Marshville township died Sunday of dropsy.  She was about 55 years of age and was a consistent member of Faulk’s church.  A husband and several children survive her.  The funeral was held yesterday at Faulk’s.

-Mr. R. F. TURNER returns to his home in Houston, Texas, tonight.  Mrs. TURNER will remain in Monroe a while.  Mr. TURNER is rapidly rising in his profession and is now one of the leaders among the younger attorneys of the Lone Star State.

-Mr. Ervin PHIFER of Marshville township was shot last night by John STEGALL.  The ball went through the muscles of the arm and was not a serious wound.  Whiskey was the cause of the difficulty.  STEGALL was arrested this morning by Constable HUNTLEY, and gave bond for appearance at court.

-Mrs. H. D. STEWART spent last week in Maiden, Dallas and Gastonia.  At Maiden she attended the marriage of her brother, Mr. Fleet WOLFE, to Miss Mamie PLOTT of that place, last Wednesday night.  Mr. WOLFE is a railroad agent at that place, and is a Union county boy who has many friends down here who wish him the greatest happiness.

-Mr. Jesse D. RUSHING of Monroe died Sunday morning or Saturday night.  His sister, with whom he lived, found him dead in bed at about three o’clock Sunday morning.  He went to bed in his usual health and, indeed, had been in unusually good spirit on Saturday.  Death must have been due to heart failure.  Mr. RUSHING was about 37 years old, and had been living in Monroe and conducting a small mercantile business for about five years. He was born near White Store.  Two sisters survive him.  The remains were buried at Mt. Moriah church, in Chesterfield county.


Tuesday, May 3, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mrs. R. T. BENNETT was stricken with paralysis Sunday afternoon  One side was completely paralyzed.

-Willie HELMS, a stepson of Mr. John PYRON of Wingate, died in a hospital in Charlotte last Tuesday and was buried at Wingate Wednesday.  He had been sick a long while and was a great sufferer.

-Mrs. Joseph BROOM died at her home in north Monroe last Tuesday night, and was buried in the cemetery here Wednesday afternoon.  She was a good woman and died in the Christian faith.  She was 63 years old.

-The Supreme court last week handed down a decision in the case of Mrs. Martha LOCKHART and others against Mrs. Lizzie COVINGTON affirming the decision of the lower court in favor of the defendant.  The suit was brought by the plaintiff to annul the will of the late Jas. G. COVINGTON, by which the COVINGTON home place in Monroe as left to Mrs. COVINGTON, the suit resting on the contention that the will of Maj. D. A. COVINGTON provided that in case any of his heirs died without issue their portion of the real estate should return to the other members of the family.

-Mrs. W. H. PRICE of Loves Level is visiting her daughter, Mrs. H. L. CROWELL.  This is the first time she has been in Monroe for fourteen years, her health being very bad.


Tuesday, May 5, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Miss Etta WILLIAMSON and Mr. Wilson GRIFFIN were married in the Presbyterian church last Wednesday evening at 7:30…

-Miss Almetta HARRIS of Altan was married last Thursday in Asheville to Mr. MERCHANT of Hendersonville.

-Mr. Frank GAY of Augusta, Ga., son of Mr. I. E. GAY of Altan, is to be married on Wednesday, 6th inst., to Miss Sarah Jane BROOM, daughter of Mr. N. W. BROOM of this township.

-On last Sunday morning at about 1 o’clock the death angel quietly and gently came into the home of Mr. B. F. BAKER and claimed him as its victim.  He had been suffering several months with that dread disease - dropsy; and death did not come unexpected, for more than two months it seemed as though the end was at hand.  All that medical skill, kind friends, good neighbors and a devoted wife could do was to no avail.  The deceased was a member of Hermon Baptist church and died a good man and we trust and verily believe is with that innumerable hosts of happified spirits in that better land, blessing and praising God.  The funeral was held at Tirzah church Sunday evening at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. W. W. RATCHFORD and was attended by a large number of people and the remains were interred at Tirzah burying ground.  The deceased was born and raised in Union county and was 63 years of age.  After he was grown he went to South Carolina and was married to Miss Susan GARRIS and they lived together until her death in 1893, and later he was married to Miss Sarah STARNES, who survives him.


Tuesday, May 12, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-On Wednesday the 6th inst., Miss Sarah BROOM, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. W. BROOM of Buford township and Mr. G. F. GAY of Brunswick, Ga., were united in marriage…

-Mr. Braxton PHIFER of Little Rock, Ark., who is a prominent cotton dealer there, is expected home this week.

-Mrs. Henrietta BURGESS, sister of Mrs. T. P. DILLON, and mother of Mr. George BURGESS of Monroe, and Mr. John BURGESS, who now belongs to the army, died at the Morganton hospital last Friday.  She was sent to the hospital last February, her mental facilities having been weakened by protracted illness of Bright’s disease.  Mrs. BURGESS was a member of the Monroe Baptist church.  In the absence of the pastor, Dr. CROXTON, Rev. M. A. SMITH conducted funeral services, and the remains were buried here Saturday  Mrs. BURGESS was about forty-five years of age.

-Mrs. R. T. BARRETT died at her home here Saturday night from a stroke of paralysis which came upon her last Sunday week.  The remains were buried here yesterday.  Mrs. BARRETT was 61 years of age.  Her maiden name was Miss Julia H. HOWARD, and she was the daughter of the late Robt. G. HOWARD of Sandy Ridge township, and a sister of Mr. Fulton HOWARD, and Mrs. G. C. McLARTY of Monroe.  She was a member of the Methodist church and lived a quiet Christian life.  She leaves a husband and several children, most of whom are grown, to mourn their loss.

-Mr. Tipton HELMS of Monroe was married last Wednesday in Spartanburg, S.C. to Miss Mattie SECREST of this county…

-Jim ASHELY, the youth who killed his father in Cabarrus county some weeks ago for mistreating his sister, was tried in Cabarrus Superior Court last week and acquitted.


Tuesday, May 19, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Maggie SCOTT, the three-year-old daughter of Mr. J. L. SCOTT of Goose Creek township, died yesterday afternoon of whooping cough.

-Messrs. J. R. SIMPSON, E. C. WINCHESTER, W.G. LONG, and perhaps others, left Saturday for New Orleans to attend the Confederate reunion.

-Mr. Pleasant M. LITTLE, a former citizen of this county, and a brother of Esq. Jacob S. LITTLE, died at his home near Statesville on the 7th instant, aged 66 years.

-Mr. S. J. Bonner STEWART died at his father’s home in Monroe last Thursday morning at one o’clock… But the illness  which caused his death was Bright’s disease, and it kept him from work since the first serious attack about the first of the year… The funeral was held in Central Methodist church on Friday.  It was conducted by Rev. Mr. WHITE, pastor of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church at Unity, S.C., of which the deceased was a member, assisted by Rev. W. W. ORR of Charlotte, and Dr. R. A. MILLER of Salisbury, ministers of the same church, and Rev. M. A. SMITH of Monroe… The Pall bearers were Messrs. Ernest HEATH, Julian GRIFFIN, B. A. HORN, John WELSH, Rufus ARMFIELD and Charles REDFEARN… Mr. STEWART was but little over 25 years of age, having been born November 28, 1877…. As the assistant to his father, Mr. J. M. STEWART, in the office of register of deeds, he quickly acquired a familiarity with the details of the office and its business that made him one of the most useful men who has been in that office…. The deceased was married to Miss Estelle ENGLISH, daughter of Mr. J. R. ENGLISH, just six months ago… [lengthy article]

-Benjamin E. BLACKMON, a well-to-do farmer of Lancaster county, living near Primus, was shot and killed Saturday night by one of his tenants, a darky named Sandy MILLER.  They had been to Lancaster together, and on returning stopped at the darkey’s house.  The negro who gave himself up to the sheriff, says that BLACKMON was cursing MILLER’S wife, and when he interfered BLACKMON attacked him with a demijohn, and he shot him in self defense.  BLACKMON was a large farmer, and was drinking on this occasion.

-Messrs. J. E. HARGETT, D. A. BAUCOM, S. L. and J. M. MULLIS have run a phone line to Negrohead and one to Unionville and will put in a switchboard at Mr. HARGETT’S residence.

-Notice of Administrations advertised for: Jesse D. RUSHING, deceased; W. R. HASTY, deceased; and Welsh DUNLAP, deceased.


Tuesday, May 26, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer, 21st: Mr. Ruffin SIMPSON, of New Salem township, while on his way home from SIKES’ Mill last Friday was taken suddenly ill of appendicitis. So great was his suffering that he could not travel and got down by the road side. Mr. SIMPSON never reached his home, but was carried to the home of his son, Mr. John SIMPSON, where he died last Saturday. Deceased was about 45 years old.


Tuesday, May 26, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Wadesboro Messenger Intelligencer – Yesterday morning the home of Mr. Ben TREXLAR of Gulledge township was saddened by the tragic death of his 2-year-old girl.  A bottle containing cresolene, the oil used in a cresoline lamp, had been placed upon a table, and the baby climbed up to the table, got hold of the bottle, and drank a considerable quantity of the cresolene.  Dr. E. S. ASHE was summoned by phone to render medical assistance, but the child died in great agony before he reached the house. The little girls mouth and throat were terribly burned, as the cresolene has about the same effect as carbolic acid. --Mary Jane KELLY, a white woman who lives near Ingram’s mill, just across the river in Richmond county, committed suicide on Monday of last week by taking strychnine, it is thought… Jealousy, it is said, was the cause of her rash deed. --Mr. J. Ashley THOMAS of Burnsville township died at his home last Thursday, the 14th, after only a few days sickness of typhoid fever.  Mr. THOMAS was postmaster at Fry and was a good and influential citizen of his community.  He was 65 years old and a veteran of the war between the states.

-Dr. R. T. BEAMAN of Peachland, a well known physician  of Anson, died Saturday, at the age of 69 years.  He practiced considerably in this county and was a leading and influential man in his community.

-Mr. Daniel L. WALTERS of Buford township, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died at six o’clock Sunday afternoon.  He was 91 years old and a native of Darlington county, South Carolina but lived in Union county since the year 1822.  Four sons and three daughters survive Mr. WALTERS.  They are Messrs. Moses, A. T., G. W., and J. P. WALTERS, and Mesdames L. L. HARRIS, R. ARANT and J. P. COURTNEY.  The body was buried at the family graveyard Monday.  Mr. WALTERS was a quiet, Christian man, a good citizen and neighbor, and reared a family of useful men and women.

-Mr. A. L. FUNDERBURK – known by the nickname of Teney – of Dudley, S.C., was kicked to death by a mule in Monroe Friday at just a few minutes before twelve o’clock… Mr. FUNDERBURK was the son of Mr. Jerry FUNDERBURK, and was 36 years old.  He had been in business in Lancaster, but being unmarried, had gone to stay with his father for a year or two, for the special purpose, it was said, to help him work some young mules which he had bought and one of which was the one that caused his untimely death…


Tuesday, June 2, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-The case of the S. A. L. of Mrs. GRIFFIN, whose husband was killed at Peachland a year or so ago, was tried at Wadesboro last week.  The jury gave her $5,000 damages, but the judge set the verdict aside as excessive.  Messrs. REDWINE & STACK and CAUDLE & ROBINSON were Mrs. GRIFFIN’S attorneys.

-Mr. Andrew HONEYCUTT, the oldest man in Stanly county, died last Friday, in his 95th year.  The journal made mention some weeks ago of the fact that Mr. HONEYCUTT had bought a monument for himself and wife.  He was a link between the present and the past, and was full of interesting reminiscences of the past.  He had shot buffalo and deer at the famous Big Lick, years and years ago.

-Mrs. Obediah BAUCOM, formerly of the county, died in Concord last Friday and was buried at the CHANEY graveyard in this county Saturday.  She was about 35 years of age, and was a member of Union Grove church.  She leaves a husband and several children.

-Mr. H. B. ADAMS of Monroe has sent the Observer correspondent who has placed it in the Hall of History, a 25-cent note, issued by Union county in 1864 in aid of soldiers’ wives and widows.  The collection in the hall is growing steadily (The editor of the Journal has one of these bills.  It is signed by Maj. D. A. COVINGTON chairman, and J. E. IRBY, clerk of the county court – The Journal).

-County Commissioners at work – It is ordered that Alcy FUNDERBURK be carried to be an inmate of county home… Ordered that the county treasurer pay to A. W. McMANUS $50 for building bridge over Duck creek…


Tuesday, June 9, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Miss Katherine RICHARDSON, a well-known and highly esteemed old lady of Jackson township, died Saturday at the home of ‘Squire Wm. McWHORTER.  She was 89 years old, and was long known by the people of the neighborhood as “Aunt Katie.”  She was an aunt of Mr. John R. SIMPSON and of Capt. B. F. RICHARDSON.

-Mrs. STACEY, wife of Rev. L. E. STACEY, the pastor of Waxhaw Methodist church, died yesterday.  She left one child besides an infant a few days old, and a number of stepchildren.  The body was carried to the old home in Davie county for burial, the trip being made across the country from Waxhaw to Charlotte and the train boarded there.  Mrs. STACEY was about thirty-five years old. 

-Mrs. H. G. HOTCHKISS died at her home in Altan last Wednesday night.  She was about sixty-five years of age.

-Miss Margaret NANCE, sister of Mr. A. G. R. NANCE of New Salem township, died yesterday.  She was about forty-five years of age.  The funeral was to be held at Rocky River church today.

-Miss Bulus BAGBY, formerly of Monroe, was married last Wednesday to Prof. W. H. SWIFT of Greensboro.  The ceremony was performed by the bride’s father, Rev. W. M. BAGBY of High Point.

-A little five-year-old child met her death in a peculiar way last Thursday week on Mr. P. J. C. EFIRD’S place in New Salem township.  The little girl was a daughter of Mr. B. F. HOWARD, who lives in Mr. EFIRD’S farm.  She placed a little box of play things under a peach tree and climbed the tree to get some fruit.  She fell from the tree and struck her head on a corner of the box and was killed instantly…


Tuesday, June 9, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union Co, NC)

-Crosses of Honor Given. 

Mrs. A. W. KLUTTZ of the Chester Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, Pins Them on a Number of Veterans.

Mrs. A. W. KLUTTZ, daughter of Col. S. H. WALKUP, for whom the Confederate veterans of this county named their organization, pinned the Confederate crosses of honor upon twenty-three old soldiers in the court house here last Wednesday. That date, June 3rd, is Jefferson DAVIS’ birthday, and one of the three days selected by the Daughters of the Confederacy for bestowing the crosses. These crosses are made of old cannon used by the South, and are gotten up and presented to those entitled to wear them by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Mrs. KLUTTZ represented the Chester Chapter of her organization, there being none here.

The crosses, designed to be a badge of great honor, are presented only to those who have made written application and showed that they were actual soldiers of the Confederacy. No one else will be allowed to wear them, the Daughters intending to petition the several legislatures of the South to make it a misdemeanor for any one not entitled to wear these, to do so. Perhaps such a law has already been passed in some of the States. While sons or other representatives of veterans may own them as relics of the soldiers who deserved them, they may not wear them. If an old soldier loses his cross he can get no other, as only one is ever issued to one man.

Several old soldiers who had made applications for crosses were not present to receive them on last Wednesday. Messrs. J. M. FAIRLEY and W. H. MARTIN received theirs later in the day. Mrs. KLUTTZ pinned crosses upon the following:

E. A. ARMFIELD, Ables Battalion, Fla. Artillery.

W. W. ALEXANDER, company B, 15 regiment, N.C. troops.

W. A. AUSTIN, company I, 48th regiment, N.C. troops.

J. G. BARTON, company A, 5th regiment, S.C. troops.

S. E. BELK, company I, 17th regiment, S.C. troops.

M. F. BOYTE, company B, 26th regiment, N.C. troops.

A. M. CROWELL, company I, 48th regiment, N.C. troops.

T. L. A. DAVIS, company F, 35th regiment, N.C. troops.

R. V. HOUSTON, company C, 10th N.C. battalion heavy artillery.

H. W. HOUSTON, company B, 15th regiment, N.C. troops.

S. W. HONEYCUTT, company B, 26th regiment, N.C. troops.

W. B. LONG, company I, 48th regiment, N.C. troops.

H. C. MOORE, company I, 53rd regiment, N.C. troops.

N. S. OGBURN, company A, 30th regiment, N.C. troops.

W. H. PHIFER, company A, 1st regiment, N.C. troops.

B. F. RICHARDSON, company F, 48th regiment, N.C. troops.

J. R. SIMPSON, company B, 26th regiment, N.C. troops.

D. D. STINSON, company B, 15th regiment, N.C. troops.

J. M. STEWART, company C, 8th battalion, N.C. cavalry.

J. C. SIKES, company C, 8th battalion, N.C. cavalry.

T. H. STARNES, company B, 43rd regiment, N.C. troops.

L. S. SECREST, company B, 26th regiment, N.C. troops.

J. M. STITT, company A, 48th regiment, N.C. troops.


After the presentation, Rev. J. A. DORRITEE of Charlotte made a most touching speech, saying that he could desire no greater honor than to be able to say “Comrades” to the old soldiers. He said that he had heard Dr. J. William JONES, LEE’S chaplain, say that when Mrs. Stonewall JACKSON pinned the cross on him he would rather wear it than to wear the cross of the Legion of Honor of France.

Squire W. A. AUSTIN on behalf of the veterans thanked Mrs. KLUTTZ for her interest and Mr. DORRITEE for his speech, and paid a most touching tribute to the women of the Confederacy. “They fought the battles for us,” said he, “and they bore the suffering, for every bullet wound at the front meant a broken heart at home.”

Little Miss Lottie KLUTTZ sang in fine style the “Homespun Dress,” and the very happy occasion came to a close.


Tuesday, June 9, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union Co, NC)

-At the presentation of crosses of honor here last week, Mr. T. A. DAVIS, one of the veterans, presented little Miss Lottie KLUTTZ a badge made of a bullet hung to a piece of sword handle, both of which articles were taken from the famous crater near Petersburg, where GRANT’S army put off the great explosion to demoralize LEE’S lines, and which proved so disastrous to the negro troops of the Northern army.  Mr. DAVIS is fond of relics.  The razor which he now uses he took from the pocket of a dead soldier of a Michigan regiment, and has been using it ever since the war.


Tuesday, June 16, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Monroe has one citizen who is entitled to membership in the Society of the Cincinnati.  This society is one of the most exclusive ones in America and there are very few members in North Carolina.  It is composed of direct lineal descendants of commissioned officers of the Continental Congress who served in the Revolutionary War and only such are entitled to membership in it… Mr. J. C. FOARD of the Carolina Marble and Granite Company is the Monroe man who could claim membership in this exclusive organization if he desired, his great grandfather, John FOARD, having  been an America officer; he was also a signer of the Mecklenburg Declaration.

-Mr. D. Wilshire REID, a well known citizen of Sandy Ridge township, died last Tuesday after a long illness of consumption. He was 53 years old.  He was a schoolteacher and a farmer, a member of the Methodist church and an honest man who stood well with his neighbors.  He was married to Miss Jane BIGGERS, daughter of Mr. J. A. BIGGERS, and she with eight children survive him.

-Miss Carrie STEWART, daughter of the ate John D. STEWART, will be married at 6:30 tomorrow afternoon to Mr. Charles D. ROBERTS of Hinton, West Virginia…


Tuesday, June 23, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-A few days ago in Norwood, Stanly county, a Mrs. DUKE while setting out cabbage plants scratched up a gold nugget weighing 170 pennyweights – about seven dollars worth.

-“I guess we old soldiers won’t get a great many more dinners and reunions,” said Mr. Fisher HELMS, and old soldier.  Mr. HELMS was a member of the famous 26th North Carolina Regiment, and was in a few yards of the gallant young Col. Burgwyn when the latter was killed, and himself was shot on the same field.  He was wounded five times during the war and yet carried a ball in his body.  “Yes,” he continued, “I hope all the boys come to Monroe on the Fourth.  I want to come to accept the invitation of the people of Monroe, and to see as many as possible of the old soldiers again.”

-Mr. S. H. WILLIAMS, a farmer who lived about two miles east of Lancaster, committed suicide Tuesday night about 12 o’clock, by blowing his  brains out with a shot gun.  He had been sick with malarial fever and was despondent on account of his inability to work his crop.  He went to Lancaster county from North Carolina about two years ago.  He was about 35 years old, and leaves a widow and one child.

-Mr. Jno. A. BROOM of Carmel died this morning at seven o’clock.  He was sixty-seven years old.  He was an old soldier.  His death was sudden, and was caused no doubt by heart trouble.  Only his wife and one child survive, Mrs. S. M. PARKER.  Funeral tomorrow morning at Carmel.

-John and David WILLIAMS, sons of Mr. H. M. WILLIAMS of this place, are sick with typhoid fever.


Tuesday, June 30, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Resolution of Respect for David Wilshire REID of Wesley Chapel Methodist church….[Lengthy article]

-Lanes Creek – Mr. H. M. PRESSON, who has been sick for sometime with typhoid fever, is improving we are glad to state.

-Waxhaw – Mr. W. H. BROOM is confined to his bed with malarial fever.  We hope to see him out again in a short time.

-The battle flag of the 48th North Carolina Regiment, in possession of Mr. J. R. WINCHESTER of Charlotte, is expected to be here next Saturday – the 4th.

-Mr. Everett FUNDERBURK, son of Mr. B. R. FUNDERBURK of Monroe township, was married on June 21st to Miss Lessie TAYLOR, ‘Squire John Mangum of South Carolina officiating.

-Mr. C. B. BARDEN was last Thursday apprized of the death of his father, Mr. B. C. BARDEN, of South Washington, which occurred on that date, of apoplexy.  The deceased was 66 years old.  Mr. BARDEN went down Thursday night and returned Sunday night.

-Mr. W. L. McCAIN, who went from Jackson township to Zanna, Ark., several years ago, was recently married out there to Miss Octavia GREYSON.  Mr. McCAIN is a son of Mr. R. T. McCAIN, Sr., of Walkersville, and has many friends in this county who will heartily join in extending congratulations on the happy event.

-Mr. John PRESSON died in Monroe Saturday and was buried at Shiloh Sunday.  He was 33 years old and leaves a wife and six children, the oldest of whom is but nine.  The mother is sick and almost helpless.  The deceased lived with Mr. C. C. SIKES for nearly ten years, and was faithful and honest and attentive to his family and worked hard for them, and gave the most careful attention and nursing to his wife, who was sick much of the time.  Mr. SIKES says he lived near his work at the stable purposely so that he could leave often during the day and wait on his wife.

-Rev. S. W. HAMPTON, colored, died Saturday and was buried Sunday…


Tuesday, June 30, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL

-“Here’s a picture which Col. Frank BEASLEY sent me,” said Mr. J. H. GRIFFIN the other day. Mr. GRIFFIN belonged to the 71st North Carolina Regiment, Junior Reserves [2nd NC Junior Reserves], of which Col. W. F. BEASLEY was a lieutenant colonel.

            Any mention of Col. BEASLEY by an old soldier is always coupled with a remark about his goodness to the men and their fondness for him – beardless boy that he was then. So Mr. GRIFFIN’S story was but to illustrate the same general statement, and also showed that Mr. GRIFFIN himself, now the famous joker of his section, was full of pranks when a youngster among the other boys of the Junior Reserves. At the time of the story he was a color sergeant.

            “I tell you, he got me out of a fearful bad scrape once,” continued Mr. GRIFFIN, “and one that would have been a big sight of trouble to me if he hadn’t. I killed Gen. KIRKLAND’S horse, and you can see that an offence of that kind was likely to bring an unpleasantness for a fellow.

            “We had finished drilling one evening and the boys had dropped down on the ground to rest.  Across the hill in front of us Gen. KIRKLAND’S servant was riding the general’s horse in a gallop, when some of the boys shouted, “Shoot that nigger!” I jumped up and said, ‘Gimme a gun!’ and some one handed over one with the remark that there was a good load in it but no cap on. I glanced at the gun, and seeing there was no cap on it sure enough, thought there was no danger, and put it to my shoulder to scare the negro. I pulled the trigger, the gun fired, and the general’s fine horse dropped as dead as a mackerel and the negro turned a somersault.  A piece of fuse had been left in the gun and this caused it to fire.  The men roared in laughter, and I noticed that Col. BEASLEY, who was sitting on a stump not far off, pulled his hat down over his face a fairly shook.

            “I was scared nearly to death and was for getting away to another command.  Just as I was getting ready to slink out, our captain told me that Col. BEASLEY said to keep quiet and he’d get me out of it.  I was summoned to trial, and the colonel got himself, Capt. WELLS and Capt. NELSON as the only witnesses.  I was in three engagements, but I was never scared half so bad as I was that time.  Never mind what the testimony was.  At the end of the trial Gen. HOKE asked me a question.  He said:

            “ ‘Did you aim at the negro or the horse?’

            “ ‘The negro, general.’

            “ ‘Gentlemen,’ said the general, ‘that was according to tactics. The men are required to aim at the object in front of them.’

            “ ‘Well,” continued Mr. GRIFFIN, “that was the end of the trial, and I went back to mess walking on air, but I wasn’t yet done with the matter.  A day or two after that I was summoned to headquarters with instructions to bring my musket loaded and in shooting order.  I fixed it up that a man was to be shot and I was one of the detail to do the shooting and I felt mighty sad about it.  I reported to my officer.  ‘Go over to headquarters,’ he said, ‘the general has some shooting for you to do.’  I was surer than ever that I’d have to shoot at a man bound to a stake, and I waited with anxiety for orders.  At last the general said:

            “ ‘Are you the man who shot Gen. KIRKLAND’S horse?’

            “ ‘Yes, sir.”

            “ ‘Well go out yonder and try your hand on that mule, ‘and out there tied to a stake they had an old plug of a mule nearly dead with gangrene.  But I was mighty glad to pocket the joke and put the old fellow out of the way.”


Tuesday, July 7, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mrs. Lizzie WENTZ, a white woman of Vance township, was robbed and assaulted Sunday night before last, and on Thursday night the negro perpetrator of the crime [John Osborne] was lynched…  [Mrs. WENTZ was 64 and OSBORNE about 26]  [lengthy article]

-Notice of Administration – Elizabeth HARKNESS, deceased. J. M. HARKEY, Administrator.

-Summons by Publication – E. A. FORTUNE vs. J. B. FORTUNE, Petition for Divorce on grounds of desertion

-On July first, C. N. SIMPSON, Esq., united in marriage, at the house of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Ella C. DOSTER of Monroe township, Miss Carrie Belle DOSTER to Mr. Matthew TROUTMAN of Iredell county.

-Mrs. John PRESSON, whose husband died in Monroe week before last, asks the Journal to express her thanks to the many people who aided her.  Mrs. PRESSON and her children have a home with her brother on a farm, near Olive Branch, which belongs to her father, Mr. E. MILLS.

-Mrs. Jemima HELMS, widow of the late Gabriel W. HELMS, died of paralysis at the home of her son, Mr. Tippy HELMS, Thursday, July 2nd.  The remains were interred at the CHANEY cemetery, three miles north of Monroe, Friday, Rev. D. A. SNIDER conducting the funeral service.  Mrs. HELMS was a sister of Mr. Jesse PARKER of Indian Trail.  She was a member of Faulk’s Baptist church and led the life of a Christian.  She was 66 years old.

-Mr. T. L. EASON of Marshville township brought along with him to the reunion a piece of shell brought from the battle field of Malvern Hill.  It was turned over to Dr. HOUSTON for his curio collection.

-Mrs. Jas. C. LANEY of Sandy Ridge township died Friday and was buried Saturday.  She was 48 years old and leaves five children and a husband.  Mrs. LANEY was a daughter of the late David MONTGOMERY of Buford township, and was a member of the Methodist church.

-The following members of Company B, 26th N.C. Regiment, were present at the reunion Saturday: John R. SIMPSON, Alen WHITAKER, L.S. SECREST, C. F. HELMS, M. S. MULLIS, R. A. DAVIS, Alex OSBORNE, John H. LANEY, M. F. BOYTE, S. W. HUNEYCUTT, John S. McCAIN.

-The following members of Company F, 35th N.C. Regiment were at the reunion Saturday: John L. BROOM, Joseph BROOM, S. L. FORBIS, J. P. BROOM, T. L. A. DAVIS, J. W. BYRUM, John HELMS, W. T. KEZIAH, R. P. KEZIAH, T. A. FOWLER, Jas. W. FOWLER, John J. McCAIN, Jas. A. MORRIS, C. T. YANDLE, M. M. YANDLE, A. C. PRESLEY, Salathiel PRESLEY, S. G. HOWIE.

-Mrs. Isaac GAY of Buford township was found dead in bed this morning.  The cause of her death was heart trouble.  She had not been sick and her death was altogether unexpected.  Her husband says he was attracted to her bed by their child crying about 2 o’clock, when he found her dead.  The death being so sudden, Mr. GAY thought best to hold an investigation and sent for Coroner EUBANKS, who empanelled a jury, consisting of Col. H. G. HOTCHKISS, J. P. ROGERS, Rufus GRIFFIN, Frank DOSTER, Frank MANGUM, and N. W. BROOM.  After making an examination the jury decided hat the death was due to natural causes.  The deceased lady was about 30 years old.

-Mr. Joseph McNEELY of this township died July 1st  and was buried at Pleasant Grove Friday, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. M. A. SMITH.  Mr. McNEELY was 89 years old and was born in Union (then Mecklenburg), in which county he lived all his life, except a short time he lived in Lancaster county, S.C.  His first wife was a BLOUNT, and six children were born to this union, only one of whom (Mrs. T. A. DAVIS) survives.  He afterwards married Mrs. SHUTE, mother of Mr. H. B. SHUTE of Monroe, and to them three children were born, two of whom (Mr. James McNEELY of Monroe and Mrs. J. P. McATEER) are now living…


Tuesday, July 14, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

Waxhaw – The sad news of the death of Mr. Hamp CREEKMORE reached here today.  He had been card room boss of the Chadwick Mill at Charlotte for sometime.  Six hours previous to his death his infant child died.  A wife and mother and one child survive him.  Mr. CREEKMORE lived here about two years ago and has a number of friends that will be sorry to learn of his death…

-The infant child of Mr. J. H. STARNES died last Saturday night and was buried at Bethlehem cemetery yesterday.

-Mr. Hugh HOUSTON of Helena, Ark., is visiting his father, Mr. R. V. HOUSTON.

-Mr. Howard McLARTY of Oklahoma City is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. McLARTY.

-Mr. Simeon MILLS, an old veteran of Goose Creek township, died last Friday and was buried at Hopewell Sunday.  He was 80 years old.

-Miss Martha BROOM, an old lady who lived near Wingate, was killed by the train last Wednesday morning.  Wearing a sun bonnet, she was crossing the track near Wingate when the fast train which comes here about 8:30 came along.  She must not have heard the train, for she made no effort to get off the track.  The unfortunate old lady was 56 years old and unmarried.  She and her sister lived alone on a little farm near Wingate, and she was very industrious, and a constant attendant upon the services of Meadow Branch church, of which she was a member.


July 14, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: Mr. J. H. PETTEWAY, who lives a short distance south of Monroe, has been unfortunate in the loss of his wheat by fire this year. About two weeks ago lightning struck a shock of his wheat as it stood in the field and burned it to ashes. A few days ago, while his wheat was being threshed by a steam thresher, the straw caught on fire and about 25 bushels of wheat and a large quantity of straw were destroyed by the fire. Eighty five bushels of wheat had been threshed when the fire broke out, and that amount was all that was saved from a large crop.


Tuesday, July 21, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Obituary: M. E. Josephine MONTGOMERY, daughter of the late David MONTGOMERY of Buford township, Union county, was born February 3rd, 1855… She was married to Mr. James C. LANEY on the 24th of October, 1875.  Sister LANEY became the mother of five children – two sons and three daughters. One son and two daughters are married.  The two younger ones – a son and a daughter – are still single and are living with their father.  Sister LANEY died on the 4th of July, 1903.  She had been suffering from heart trouble for two years, and recently with a complication of diseases… besides her husband and children, and five grandchildren, sister LANEY left a large circle of relatives and innumerable company of friends to mourn their loss.

-The glorious fourth is again counted as one of the past and I hear on every side only words of praise for the good people of Monroe and their hospitality.  I was struck with the tender friendship which exists between two of our soldiers, Capt. RICHARDSON and Robert WINCHESTER, and found the cause of this close friendship to be an incident which occurred at Ream’s Station during the civil war.  A union soldier with drawn sword was ready to strike Capt. RICHARDSON a fatal blow when Mr. WINCHESTER fired on the northern man and thus saved his friends life.

-Death is always sad, but inexpressibly so when it claims one far away from home and loved ones.  Universal sorrow is felt over the death of Mr. L. L. CRACKER who passed away at 5:10 yesterday morning at the Commercial Hotel.  Mr. CRACKER came to Monroe several months ago from Mannington, W.Va., to take charge of the boring of the new artisan well.  Four weeks ago he was stricken with fever but his symptoms did not become alarming until Friday… He was in the prime of manhood, being 43 years of age… leaves a wife and two small children…. The remains were carried to Mannington last night. [Note: 1900 Census of Mannington, Marion Co., WV shows L. L. CRAKER, age 40, born in PA]


Tuesday, July 28, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Miss Dora GRIFFIN, daughter of Mr. E. C. GRIFFIN, was married on Sunday to Mr. Henry COLLINS, all of Marshville township.

-Mr. A. P. GRIFFIN and Miss Della HINSON, of Marshville township, were married at 2 o’clock yesterday morning by Esq. J. D. WATTS, of Robeson, S.C.

-Mr. Jesse BAUCOM, son of Mr. George BAUCOM of Vance township, died Tuesday, July 21, aged 27 years.  He was a member of the Baptist Church.  A wife and three children survive him.

-Mr. Lee NISBET, of San Angelo, Texas, accompanied by his wife and child, is visiting in the county.  He is a brother of Mrs. W. C. WOLFE of Sandy Ridge.  He left here as a boy with his parents twenty-two years ago and this is his first visit.  He is accompanied by Mr. Ed WOLFE, son of Mr. W. C. WOLFE, who has been in Texas several years.

-Mr. Hugh W. BROOM, one of the best known men of  Waxhaw, died at his home there last Thursday at about 11 o’clock of typhoid fever.  He was the oldest son of Mr. Calvin BROOM, and with his father had been in business in Waxhaw since the town was founded.  He was general manger of the Waxhaw Oil Mill now being built, and was one of the most active and influential men of the town.  The body was buried at old Waxhaw Baptist church, with Masonic honors, attended by a large gathering of people.  He was a Mason, a Pythian, and a Woodmen of the World, and was a member of the Presbyterian church… Mr. BROOM was married several years ago to Miss BELK of Jackson township, who, with six children survives him.

-Helmsville – On last Friday morning while Mr. R. K. HELMS was returning home from Mr. T. J. W. BROOM’S, his mule became frightened and ran away with him.  In attempting to jump he was thrown from the buggy and knocked unconscious.  Mr. P. B. BLAKENEY, who happened to be passing along, stopped the mule and immediately summoned help… He is considerably better at this writing, though he will be laid up for several days with a sprained ankle and other bruises.


Tuesday, July 28, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union Co., NC)

-On the Field of Gettysburg.  Capt. T. J. CURETON of Winnsboro, S.C., who was captain of Co. B, 26th North Carolina Regiment, attended the reunion at Gettysburg, lately held, and writes his old friend, Mr. John R. SIMPSON, of it as follows:

            Yours received, and I wrote Col. LANE as near as I could recollect about your being killed at the Wilderness, buried, etc.; but still was able to be with me at Appomattox, and still living, etc.  We had a splendid time at Gettysburg. 

The Baltimore Tar Heels at Baltimore met us at Baltimore with our old surgeon, Dr. T. J. BOYKIN, at their head, and they and the ladies of Baltimore took charge of us.  Col. LANE, Col. W. H. S. BURGWYN, Dan DORSETT and myself went to Gettysburg, where we were welcomed by the citizens of Gettysburg, and escorted to a stand at the Bloody Angle by two G. A. R. bands playing “Dixie,” “Maryland, My Maryland,” “The Old North State,” etc. 

We were met by Charles H. McCONNELL, who was a member of the 24th Michigan, who fought on 1st July, 1863, in the McPHERSON woods.  He is the man who shot Col. LANE. 

We went over the ground we fought over the 1st and 3d of July, 1863. He says the 26th regiment, North Carolina troops, was the best regiment in either army, and he intends erecting on the battlefield of Gettysburg a monument to the 26th regiment, N.C. troops, on one side, and 24th Michigan on the other side, to cost $100,000 or over, to be unveiled on the 50th anniversary of the battle. 

Our dead has all been removed to Richmond several years ago and buried in Hollow cemetery. I pledged Mr. McCONNELL every living member of Co. B would be at the unveiling of the monument when erected. I went over the field and could mark the spot where Col. BURGWYN, Capt. WILSON, Capt. McCRERY and others were killed. 

I stayed at Gettysburg three days and promised the citizens of Gettysburg, Pa., it should not be forty years before I visited them again, and hoped never to receive such a hostile reception as they gave us in July, 1863.  Give my best regards to Mrs. SIMPSON; tell her she must take good care of herself, and hope she will be soon well again. I often think of her as when we were at school together, when she was Sally WALKUP and I was Bad Tom CURETON. 

If you have any public meeting in August let me know, as I would like to run over and spend a day or two seeing the boys of Co. B and all my friends. Remember me to R. A. MORROW and all the old company.

Yours truly,



Tuesday, July 28, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union Co, NC)

-Work at the Old Howie Mine. Goodwin’s Weekly, published at Salt Lake City, has the following in its issue on the 18th inst.:

            “Salt Lakers will be glad to know that their old townsman, Mr. Gill S. PEYTON, has every promise of becoming a multi-millionaire in the coming half-dozen years. He has a gold-quartz quarry near Charlotte, North Carolina, the tonnage of which is estimated  in the millions and the treasure by tens of millions of dollars.

            “The owner had held the property for 30 years. It was idle because no one could work the ore. Mr. PEYTON told him it could be worked, and to prove it raised the means to give it a working test, and now is obtaining $5 a ton and over from the tailings that had laid there as worthless for many years, and is now arranging to commence the erection of a thousand ton per day plant. At that rate he claims it would require 15 years to reduce the ore in the first 100 feet in depth on the mine, though the old workings show rather better than the surface at a depth of 350 feet. He pays to ordinary laborers from 60 to 75 cents per day, to miners $1, and to skilled working men $1.25. At these wages the men board themselves.

            “Mr. PEYTON describes the country where his is as most beautiful and healthy, with pure water and the biggest kind of a quartz deposit. The people are a simple, honest, high-minded race – the mountaineers of famous memory, and unlike any other people in all the earth.”


Tuesday, August 3, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Charlotte – The announcement of Mrs. SKINNER’S (nee Miss Cora GARDNER) death shocked the ear and saddened the heart of all who knew her… She was born and reared at Marshville, but the last three years of her life was spent in Charlotte.  She was a saleslady at the Bee Hive until her marriage with Mr. Robt. SKINNER eleven months ago…

-The family of Mr. John A. LONG have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood.  Five of the family are confined with typhoid fever.

-Mrs. LONG died on Wednesday morning.  She was a daughter of T. H. BENTON and was a sister of Mr. W. F. BENTON of Monroe.  She was about 41 years old.  A husband and several children are left to mourn the loss of a good wife and mother… a faithful member of Hopewell Baptist church… the body was laid to rest in the cemetery there. A little three months old was left by Mrs. LONG.  She sent it to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. BENTON with the request to keep it till she sent for it.  They still have the little one.  [Note: Isabella Benton married on Feb 1, 1882 to John A. Long. Also see September 15th issue for death notice of her husband, John A. LONG]

-No cases yet have been disposed of by the court.  The case of Jeff, Frank and Sallie CROOK for an affray with deadly weapons is in progress.

-The Charlotte Observer of this morning says that Mr. Ed NIVEN, one of the most popular young men of Waxhaw, was married yesterday at Wrightsville, to Miss Reecie RAY of Providence.

-Squire William MATTHEWS of Providence is to be married today to Miss Minnie HUNTER, daughter of Mr. Smiley HUNTER of Wardlaw.  ‘Squire MATTHEWS is a prosperous farmer of Mecklenburg and Miss HUNTER a popular young lady of Union.

-Mr. T. D. MANESS, formerly of this county, now an attorney at Concord, was married last Wednesday to Miss Ada PARKER, at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. T. S. PARKER of Albemarle…


Tuesday, August 11, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Walter McCLELLAND and Miss Ruth PARKER, daughter of Mr. Ben PARKER of north Monroe, were married last Thursday at the residence of Esqr. S. A. HELMS, the latter officiating.

-A tribute to Miss Amelia HURLEY, student at the Wingate school and who died at Wingate Aug. 1st, 1903… Written by Prof. M. B. DRY, principal of the Wingate School.  [lengthy tribute, but gave no personal informationAlso see Aug. 25th issue]

-Last weeks court – Jeff CROOK, Frank CROOK and Sallie CROOK, assault with deadly weapons; three months on chain gang for Jeff and Frank, appeal; Sallie, not guilty. – Eli ROGERS, murder of Nancy PRESLEY, adjudged insane, and committed to the department of criminal insane at Raleigh, in State prison.

-Mr. Stitt HUNTER, who has been in Arkansas for the past four years, is visiting his parents.


Tuesday, August 18, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. D. A. TEDDER of Charlotte, court stenographer for Union county, is to be married today to Miss Madge McQUEEN of Morven

-Squire Wm. McWHORTER, one of the gallant old soldiers of Jackson township, took a trip to Mt. Holly last week.  This is the first time that he has been on a railroad train since he rode one part of the distance home from Point Lookout at the close of the war.  The Squire is a mighty good citizen but lays no claim to being a traveler.

-Mr. N. G. RUSSELL has again become proprietor of the Commercial Hotel, and the name will hereafter be the RUSSELL House.

-Mr. Vann SECREST, son of Mr. S. M. SECREST of Monroe township, died last Thursday morning after an illness of ten weeks of typhoid fever  He was twenty-two years old.

-A telegram received here this morning said that Mr. J. M. HEATH, a prominent citizen of Lancaster, died in New York this morning.  He went there last week to be operated on.  Mr. HEATH is a nephew of Messrs. O.P. and A.W. HEATH, and at one time lived in Monroe.

-Mr. Frank OGBURN of High Point is visiting his father, Mr. N. S. OGBURN.

-Mr. J. D. FUNDERBURK and little daughter of Lancaster are visiting the formers sister, Mrs. O. C. CURLEE.

-William BAKER, a young white boy of Indian Trail, was run over by a train Friday morning and his left leg and his right foot were badly mangled…. Son of Mr. J. T. BAKER of Indian Trail…

-Wadesboro Messenger – Last Thursday afternoon John LOCKHART, colored, aged about 43 years, committed suicide at the home of Charles TILLMAN, colored, who lives on the Ansonville road, five miles from town… son of Peter LOCKHART, the old blacksmith… No reason is known why LOCKHART should have taken his life.


August 21, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Charlotte Observer: Mr. W. A. KISER, a well known farmer, who lived seven miles from Waxhaw, Union county, committed suicide Wednesday evening at 6 o’clock by shooting himself through the head with a revolver. No cause for the act is known. Mr. KISER had been despondent for several days, though his health was apparently perfect.


Tuesday, August 25, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Beulah – Mr. W. T. RORIE, Jr., is right sick with typhoid fever.

-Resolution of Respect for Miss Amelia HURLEY, temporary member of Meadow Branch Sunday school  Miss Annie HARRELL, Miss Lillie OUTEN and Miss Mary PERRY…. .  [lengthy tribute, but gave no personal information]

-Mr. Thomas E. BIVENS, a young man of Marshville, who went down on the excursion party last Friday, was drowned in the surf [at Wrightsville Beach] that afternoon and his body has never been found… Messrs. James LOWERY and Sam BIVENS, two other young men from the county, were with him… The lost young man was 31 years of age, the son of a widowed mother, Mrs. Martha BIVENS, and a good young man.  All who knew him give him a good name.  It is the third grown son that Mrs. BIVENS has lost… [lengthy article]

-Odie Close HUDSON, the 13-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. HUDSON of Waxhaw, died Wednesday afternoon after an illness of nearly four months.  The remains were interred at Tirzah.

-‘Squire T. W. SECREST of Osceola performed two marriage ceremonies Sunday before last: Mr. Thomas UNDERWOOD and Miss Fannie McCAIN of PRICE’S Mill, and Mr. J. C. TAYLOR and Miss Hettie GODFREY of Osceola.

-Walter Ernest AUSTIN, the 13-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. M. N. AUSTIN of Waxhaw died Wednesday morning at 6 o’clock after a long illness of typhoid fever.  He was taken sick on the 26th of last June and was a great sufferer for fifty-six days until death came to relieve him.

-Mr. Henry GRIFFIN, a prosperous farmer of east Monroe township, will be married this afternoon to Mrs. Sarah E. GATHINGS, a highly respected lady of Marshville, at the latter’s residence.

-Mr. J. C. MORGAN, one of the best known citizens of Marshville, left this morning for Liberty, N.C., where he will tonight be married to Miss Fannie CRUTCHFIELD

-Mrs. Lydia M. SHANNON of Waxhaw mother of Mr. J. C. SHANNON and Mrs. J. A. BLYTHE and Miss Amanda SHANNON, died on the 14th of August.  She was 70 years old and had been a member of Waxhaw Baptist church for many years.  She was a good neighbor, a kind hearted woman, and had many friends.

-Mr. Thomas H. CURLEE, son of the late Clem B. CURLEE, died at his home in North Monroe last Thursday, after a week’s illness of malarial fever and congestion of the brain.  Funeral services were held at the home by Rev. M. A. SMITH.  Mr. CURLEE had moved to Monroe from his farm about two years ago.  He was born June 5th, 1850.  His wife, three children, and an aged mother survive him; A neighbor says of him: “He was always kind, and respected by all who knew him, a good husband, father and son.”

-Pending in court there is a suit brought by Mr. J. Mac PRICE against his brother, Mr. B. F. PRICE, and others, which involved the will of their father, the late J. W. PRICE, one of the largest land owners in the county in his day…[lengthy article]

-W. W. KISER, a farmer living just over the line in Mecklenburg, near Wardlaw, shot himself with a pistol late Wednesday evening and died immediately.  The deed was done in the public road almost in the presence of the man’s family, and no explanation of it or a probable motive has been suggested, except a mere belief that his mind was unbalanced… He came to Wardlaw from Stanly county two or three years ago, and was about thirty years of age…. A wife and four children survive him.

-Mr. C. L. HARRYMAN, a practical miner, who has been in all the mining States of the Union, and Mr. J. M. FAIRLEY of Monroe, have been prospecting for sometime for gold on Mr. R. W. ELLIOTT’S place in Buford township.  This is the farm that was owned by the late J. G. COVINGTON, and adjoins the LANEY tract on which considerable prospecting has been done.  Mr. HARRYMAN has been working the dirt on this place for nine months, and has produced highly satisfactorily results. He has found that there is loose gold to the value of 70 cents in every cubic yard of some forty acres…

-A case of the most heathenish conduct on the part of  a wife and mother occurred in the upper part of this township last week.  It was nothing less than the desertion by her of her two small children and her own husband, while he was on his death bed, and only the day before he died.  Mr. Enoch HELMS, an old farmer, and his son Winmon HELMS, married sisters.  Several children were born to the old man and his wife.  Winmon HELMS and his wife had no children.  Some time ago Winmon HELMS and his father’s wife – his own sister-in-law, too – were indicted for living an immoral life together… On yesterday a week ago, Enoch HELMS’ wife left home, leaving the old man on his dying bed, with no one to look after him except two little children – her own and his – aged 10 and 12 years.  On Tuesday afternoon the old man died.  On the morning of the same day, his son, Winmon, left his own home and wife, nearby, without doubt, for the purpose of joining the runaway woman.  Where HELMS and his step-mother are is not known, but it is supposed that they are together in South Carolina  She boarded the train at Waxhaw and he at Indian Trail, both on the same day.  It is said that an effort will be made to find them and bring them back by the parties on their bonds.  The two little children are in a distressing situation.  They are at present with a married sister, but she is not able to take care of them. [Note: Union County, NC Marriage records show the following: Enoch Helms-age 46 (s/o Beedy Helms) married on Jan. 16, 1878 to Millie Presley-19 (d/o Gilliam & Holly).  Winman Helms-age 20 (s/o Enoch & Fanny) to Polly Ann Presley-age 18 (d/o Gilliam & Holly) on April 20, 1880.]


Tuesday, September 1, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-‘Squire A.C. JOHNSON united in marriage, on Sunday, Mr. G. H. KING, of Buford township, to Miss Dora PRICE, of Monroe township.

-‘Squire J.C. MANGUM of Chesterfield on Sunday united in marriage Mr. A. M. RAMSEY and Miss Tiney JONES.

-Mr. B.C. HINSON of Mt. Prospect, Buford township, is the hardest hit man that we have heard of.  He has eight members of his family down with typhoid fever.

-Miss Minnie RUSSELL, a sister of Mrs. L. R. HELMS, of Monroe, died at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. H. W. ABERNATHY, of Matthews, last Tuesday.  She had been sick for nearly four years of heart disease, all of which suffering she bore with patience and fortitude.  The remains were buried at Matthews.  Miss RUSSELL made her home in Monroe with her sister much of the time and had many warm friends.  She was a young lady of loving Christian character and had been for a long while a devoted member of the Methodist church.

-Mr. Jack TUCKER whose long illness was noted in last week’s Journal, died at his home here last Thursday.  He was a brother of Mr. W. V. TUCKER.  A wife and several children survive him.  Most of the children are small, but one daughter is married, Mrs. B. L. CLARK.  Mr. TUCKER was a quiet good-hearted man and was a fine wood workman.  He was in the employ of SHUTE and Sons for many years.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. M. A. SMITH, and the interment occurred here on Friday.

-Mrs. Jane STARNES, wife of J. B. STARNES, of Jackson township, died Sunday night, August 29th, of heart dropsy.  Mrs. STARNES was forty-three years old, a member of Prospect Methodist church, and a good Christian woman.  She was a great sufferer for three months.  An infant two months old and five other children besides her husband, survive her.

-The town was made sad late Wednesday evening of last week by the announcement that Mrs. Fannie BENNETT GADDY had just died in the Presbyterian Hospital, where she had gone for treatment… The body was carried to Polkton, her former home, and laid to rest by the side of her devoted husband, the late Capt. R. B. GADDY.  She is survived by three children, two daughters, Misses Faye and Ashe GADDY, and one son, Bennett.  Mrs. GADDY was born at Maysville, S.C., on December 22nd, 1849 and was the daughter of Rev. A.E. BENNETT, a well known minister of his day.  She was a sister of Mrs. J. C. BLAKENEY of Monroe, and of Mr. David BENNETT, of Norwood.  She graduated at Carolina Female College with honors at the age of sixteen, and afterwards took a post graduate course at Statesville.  She was married to Capt. GADDY on Jan 29th 1874.  Their married life was one of much happiness, which continued unabated until the husband’s death about three years ago.  Mrs. GADDY then moved to Monroe to live… She was a member of the Baptist church…

-Court Proceedings: …In the case of habeas corpus of Clarence RINER, it was ordered that J. W. ROWELL the party who adopted the boy, shall retain, but that the child’s mother shall be allowed to visit him, and that ROWELL shall take the child to visit his mother twice a year so long as she lives within twenty miles of him. [Note: the 1900 Census shows John W. Rowell and nephew Clarence Rowell (age 3) living in Mt. Ulla township of Rowan Co, NC]… Mrs. Ella ALSOBROOKS, suit for divorce against her husband, S. H. ALSOBROOKS; divorce granted….

-Mr. William A. GRIFFIN, a nephew of Mr. John WHITLEY, died of heart failure last Saturday.  He had gone to Lancaster to work, and a week or so ago complained of bad feeling, and said he felt as if he were going to have chills.  On Saturday he was resting on a pallet at the house where he was boarding, and remarking that it would be cooler on the porch, took up the bedclothes and went and lay down on the porch…  Suddenly, and without any warning whatever, he died… The young man was just twenty years old, having reached that age on the 14th of August.  He had been reared by his grandmother WHITLEY and was a young man of pure character and most industrious…  The body was brought home Sunday and laid to rest beside that of his mother in the WHITLEY burying ground, south of Monroe. 

-On August 27th, 1903, Mrs. Annie NEWSOM, died at her home in New Salem township in the 66th year of her life.  She leaves a husband, four sons, two daughters, and a host of friends to mourn their loss….


Tuesday, September 8, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mrs. KIRBY, an old lady of Mineral Springs, died Saturday and was buried Sunday at Oak Grove church, of which she was a member.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. F. WATSON.  She was sixty-four years old and had been a member of the church for fifty years.  A husband and several children survive.

-Mr. Josiah BOYTE of Tennessee who moved from this county many years ago, has lately been visiting here.  He came back for the first time four years ago, after being absent 55 years.  Mr. BOYTE was married in Cabarrus county in 1839, and his wife was an aunt of Governor AYCOCK.  While here, Mr. BOYTE joined in a reunion with his brothers, and the gathering made a set of pretty long lived boys.  Here they are: Josiah BOYTE of Memphis, aged 86; A. H. BOYTE of Monroe, aged 82; M.F. BOYTE of Monroe, aged 66; C.M. BOYTE of Charlotte, aged 65.  All of these old gentlemen are enjoying good health and old age is not a burden to them.


Tuesday, September 15, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Charlotte News, 11th: The news of a horrible accident that occurred seven miles from Lancaster, S.C., this morning was learned of in Charlotte this afternoon.  Maj. J. M. RIDDLE, associate editor of the Lancaster Review and one of the best known citizens of that place, shot and instantly killed his little 8-year-old-grandson, Robert MACKORELL.  The scene of the awful tragedy was on the banks of the Catawba river about seven miles from Lancaster.  At an early hour this morning, Maj. RIDDLE, accompanied by his son, James RIDDLE, and little grandson, Robert MACKEROLL, went to the Catawba river hunting squirrels… While engaged in looking through the leaves of a small hickory tree, he [Maj. RIDDLE] saw one of the branches move.  Thinking it was a squirrel, he pointed the gun at the spot and fired.  To his great horror what he had taken for a squirrel was his little grandson… When Maj. RIDDLE realized what he had done, he was completely overwhelmed by grief.  He sat down beside the lifeless form of the little fellow and wept like a baby… [lengthy article] [Note: James Marion Riddle died in 1931 – see article about his tragic death:]

-Mr. B. H. KIRK of Waco, Texas, has been visiting his sister, Mrs. S. H. GREEN, for some time.

-Mrs. Archie HELMS, who lived on Mr. Henry WINCHESTER’S place near town, died of paralysis last night.  She was sixty-six years old and a member of the Primitive Baptist church.  The body was buried at High Hill today.

-Mr. Archie JOHNSON, who will be well remembered as a clerk in HOUSTON’S drug store two or three years ago, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Lottie VAUGH [Vaughn?] of Camden, at 11 o’clock Sunday night.  Mr. JOHNSON was about twenty-six years old and was a young man of fine character, much liked by all who knew him.  He had been sick with consumption for a long time.

-Now and then whole families take typhoid fever in the country, and as the facilities for treating the disease is not as good in the country as in the towns, it happens occasionally that several members of the same family fall in prey to the fearful malady.  Seven weeks ago Mrs. Jno. A. LONG of Goose Creek died of fever.  Last Friday Mr. LONG died.  Ten children survive their parents.  The oldest one is down with fever and three others have had it but are getting better.  Mr. LONG was about forty-five years old and was a member of the Presbyterian church.  [Note: See August 3rd issue for death notice of his wife, Isabella Benton Long]



Tuesday, September 22, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mrs. Betsy BRADY, who went from this section to Thackersville, Indian Territory, about eleven years ago, returned recently and is living with her son, Mr. E. BRADY, nears WILSON’s Old Store.  Mrs. BRADY is now 77 years, and was therefore an old lady when she went West.  She will spend the remainder of her life in North Carolina.  Mrs. BRADY went away with her son, Goldston BRADY, and lived with him in the Indian Territory until he was killed by the Indians last February.  Waxhaw Enterprise. [Note: There is an Elizabeth Brady buried at Round Top Baptist Church Cemetery in Waxhaw, who died Jan 15, 1904 at age 70 – same person?]

-Mr. and Mrs. John A. LONG of Goose Creek, whose sickness had been watched with so much interest by his family and friends for six weeks, died on September 11th, of typhoid fever.  His death was one of the saddest.  Mrs. LONG had died on the 29th of July of the same dreaded disease, and then Mr. LONG followed as stated above.  He was 45 years old, and Mrs. LONG was about the same age.  They leave ten living children, the oldest being 21 years and the youngest about four months.  Mr. LONG’S father and one brother and three sisters survive him.  Mrs. LONG’S father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. BENTON, with several brothers and sisters survive her…. Both were consistent members of the church, Mr. LONG being a member of Bethlehem Presbyterian church, of which he was elected deacon and then elder; Mrs. Long was a member of Hopewell Baptist church….. [lengthy obituary, but no other information of genealogical interest was mentioned.]

-A suit for damages has been entered against a man who is in prison.  Not alone in prison, but in the insane criminal department, for his insanity saved him from death.  The man is Eli ROGERS and the suit is for $20,000 damages growing out of the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl, and it will come up for trial at the October term of the criminal court in Union county.  The suit is begun by Mr. J. T. MILLER as administrator of the murdered girl and is brought through Messrs. McCALL and NIXON of Charlotte, who have prepared the complaints of the matter.  The trial promises to be out of the ordinary and comes because of the crime which ROGERS committed in Union county.  Nancy PRESSLEY, a fourteen-year-old girl, was shot and instantly killed by Eli ROGERS on the 26th day of last January.  ROGERS claimed that the girl was his sweetheart and, hearing that she had made slighting remarks about him, went to her home and shot her through the window of the residence.  He was placed on trial for murder at the August term of court and, the question of his sanity being settled to the satisfaction of the judge and jury, he was ordered confined in the department of the criminal at the State’s prison.  The damage suit comes because of this murder and when the trial takes place it will be watched with interest.

-Mr. Edward COLLINS, son of Mr. Jordan COLLINS, and Miss Kate MANGUM, daughter of Mr. B. F. MANGUM, were married the 20th inst., at the home of the bride’s father, by Rev. W. V. HONEYCUTT….

-Mr. Mack MONTGOMERY, son of D. S. MONTGOMERY, and Miss Bessie MELTON, daughter of J. H. MELTON, were married on Sunday night by Capt. C. A. PLYLER of South Carolina.

-Mr. James I. RICHARDSON died Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock.  He had been helpless for nine years.  The remains were buried at Sandy Ridge church on Sunday afternoon.  He was a member of this church and was sixty years old.

-Mr. Jas. A. DAVENPORT and Miss Lucy W. WOLFE, daughter of Mrs. W. C. WOLFE of north Monroe, were married by Rev. W. F. WATSON on Sunday.  The couple left for Hamlet were they will make their home.

-Mr. Eli PRESLEY of Monroe township and Miss Lillie SMITH of Goose Creek township were married at the residence of the officiating magistrate, ‘Esq. A. J. FURR, last Sunday.

-Mr. Lovic PRICE, son of ex-Sheriff A. J. PRICE, died at the home of his father in Sandy Ridge township last Wednesday morning.  He had been sick only about one week, with typhoid fever.  He was twenty-three years of age, and a robust, fine looking young man the very picture of health and vigor…. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Union church on Thursday. [note: also see Oct. 6th issue]

-Joe MATHESON, a white man who works in a mine near Indian Trail, went to a hardware store here Saturday and bought a pistol.  Then he drank cider.  Then he began to flourish the pistol and cleared out all the darkies about PERKINS’ blacksmith shop.  Down about the railroad he tried his new pistol, and was pulled by the police.  Mayor HOUSTON fined him $5 and costs for each of the shots, and he was bound over to court by ‘Squire FLOW for carrying concealed weapons.  MATHESON accidentally killed his brother about two years ago while out hunting.


Tuesday, September 29, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. G. W. HARGETT – “Uncle George,” as his neighbors called him – an old Confederate soldier, died at his home, two miles west of Monroe, last Wednesday.  In the war, he was a member of company A, 48th North Carolina Regiment, one of the best of all the Confederate armies.  When peace came he took up the hard battle of life again and also proved himself an humble but faithful “soldier of the cross.”  He was seventy-five years of age.  His wife and five sons and daughters survive him.

-Mr. M. B. HELMS died at the home of his step-father, Mr. W. H. GLENN, last night of typhoid fever.  He had been away from home and took sick in the eastern part of the State, and had been back home but a short time.  He was 27 years old and a member of Bethel Methodist church, where the remains were buried today.  He was an industrious and good young man.

-Mrs. Lucy A. LILES of Peachland, mother of Mrs. M. E. McCAULEY and Mrs. J. H. PETTEWAY of Monroe, died suddenly Sunday night.  She went to bed as well as usual and was found dead in her bed Monday morning.  It is supposed that heart failure was the cause.  Mrs. LILES was eighty years old and had been in feeble health a long time.  Mrs. PETTEWAY and Mrs. McCAULEY went down to Peachland yesterday.


Tuesday, October 6, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. P. M. ROGERS of Union and Miss Avy JENKINS of Chesterfield were married last Sunday at the home of the bride.

-Dona, the eight-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. LONG, is confined with fever.

-On Wednesday morning, September 16th, our whole community was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Lovic PRICE.  He was a consistent member of Weddington church, and a young man of most excellent traits and character…. [note: also see Sept. 22nd issue]

-Mr. and Mrs. W. A. MONROE of Sanford arrived this morning, being summoned by the death of Mrs. MONROE’s father.

-Mr. Thos. LITTLE, son of Esq. J. S. LITTLE, and Miss Lela HORTON of Lanes Creek township, were married Sunday at Mt. Moriah, in South Carolina, Rev. J. L. BENNETT, officiating.

-Mrs. Y. R. PARKER died at her home in north Monroe on Saturday afternoon.  She was about 60 years of age.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. Mr. WATSON on Sunday and the remains buried here beside those of her brother, Rev. Philip SNIDER, who was the first pastor of the Baptist church here.  Quite a concourse of friends and relatives attended the funeral.

-Dick HOWARD, and industrious colored man of Sandy Ridge township, fell dead last Friday…

-Mr. J. Frank WILLIAMS and Miss Mamie HELMS, daughter of the late Abel HELMS, Esq., were married last Thursday night…. Mr. WILLIAMS is a son of Mr. S. A. WILLIAMS of east Monroe township, and is a very popular young man, holding a position with the Heath-Lee Hardware Co.  The bride is a popular and accomplished young lady.

-Mr. John Millen STEWART, register of deeds of Union county, died at his home in Monroe at 1:30 last night.  He had been sick about six weeks with typhoid fever.  The funeral will occur tomorrow at ten o’clock with services at the house.  Mr. STEWART was sixty years old, barring a few days, having been born Oct. 28, 1843.  He served in the war as a member of the 10th battalion North Carolina troops.  After the war closed he returned to his home in Jackson township and took up the battle that all Southern men had to fight for bread.  He was married to Miss Nancy HUEY on Aug. 31, 1865.  They came to Monroe to live in 1872 and have since lived here continuously.  Of their children four survive, Mrs. W. A. MONROE of Sanford, Mrs. J. S. HASTY, Mrs. T. B. BROWN, and Mr. James STEWART of Monroe.  In 1898 Mr. STEWART was elected register of deeds for the county and so well did he fill the office that the people re-elected him in 1900 and in 1902….  He was a most devote4d member of Unity Reformed Presbyterian church… 


Tuesday, October 13, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. G. H. MEARS received a telegram yesterday saying that his sister, Mrs. Jas. SASSER of Conway, S.C., was dead.  Mr. and Mrs. MEARS went to Conway last night.

-Last Wednesday, Squire S. H. HELMS of north Monroe township united in marriage Mr. J. B. WILLIAMS of Monroe and Miss Dora FOWLER, daughter of Mr. A. W. FOWLER.

-Charles McNEELY, a negro, was killed by Cull BARRETT, another negro, in Sandy Ridge township near Eld. Oliver ROGERS’ place, Sunday night… BARRETT has not yet been arrested.


October 13, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-John WAGNER, colored, who was working with a steam shovel gang on the Seaboard Air Line Railroad at Polkton, Anson county, was killed last week by a shovel full of dirt from the big machine falling on him from a height of 30 feet.  He was so badly crushed that he died in a few moments.


Tuesday, October 20, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Marshville - Died on Saturday morning, 17th inst., at the home of Mr. Robert STEGALL, Miss Emma LITTLE, sister of Mrs. STEGALL.  Miss LITTLE had been sick for sometime.  Her remains were interred at the cemetery here Sunday afternoon.

-Mrs. Lillie HAINES of Springfield, Mo., came in Friday night to spend the winter with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. LOVE of Unionville.

-Mr. H. Wilson HAGLER of Goose Creek township and Miss Emma Jane EASON, daughter of T. L. EASON of Marshville township, were married in Monroe last Thursday by Esq. C. N. SIMPSPON.

-Mr. Chas. A TURNER was married last Saturday at two o’clock, in the parlor of the Commercial Hotel, to Miss Bessie SPAKE of Charleston, S.C., Rev. Geo. H. ATKINSON officiating.  They are boarding at the Commercial.

-Mr. Durwood McLARTY, who has been in Indian Territory for a long time, has come home to recuperate his health, and is at the home of his father, Mr. Geo. C. McLARTY.  He is quite thin and full of malaria and says he will stay here long enough to let it evaporate.

-Mrs. Miriam WILLIAMS, widow of John C. WILLIAMS who died two years ago, died at the home of her son, Mr. Luther WILLIAMS, on east Windsor street, on last Thursday morning at four o’clock, after a long illness.  The remains were buried Thursday afternoon at Mr. W. E. WILLIAMS’, five miles east of town.  Mrs. WILLIAMS was born in this county on April 22nd, 1828, and was married to the late John C. WILLIAMS on August 10th, 1848.  She is survived by three sons and three daughters.  The sons are Messrs. E. H., T. J. and Luther WILLIAMS.  The daughters are Mrs. Ellen LOCKHART of Montgomery county, Mrs. D. M. SUMMERLIN of east Monroe township, and Miss Annie WILLIAMS of Monroe.  Messrs. E. A. JEROME of Wingate, J. A. JEROME of Unionville and Robert JEROME of Florida are brothers of the deceased.  One sister, Mrs. Eliza PRICE of Unionville, survives.  Mrs. WILLIAMS spent nearly all her life near Rock Rest, moving to Monroe only a short while ago to make her home with her son.  She was a member of Meadow Branch church for more than half a century.  Her neighbors knew her as a most lovable character, always anxious to do something to help those about her.  Her monument is in the sons and daughters she reared and in the hearts and loving memories of those with whom she came in contact.

-Mrs. Daisy KING, wife of Mr. W. J. KING of Waxhaw, died last Wednesday, after an illness of sixty-three days of typhoid fever.  The death of this young wife and mother is particularly sad.  She was less than 24 years old, having been born January 29, 1880.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. AUSTIN.  She was married December 24, 1895.  Three children survive their young mother.  One is a little girl seven years old, the others boys, five and three.  The body was buried at Waxhaw Baptist church cemetery and the funeral was conducted by Rev. J. L. BENNETT and Rev. W. F. WATSON

-A few miles from Waxhaw last Wednesday evening, Oct. 14th, in the handsomely decorated parlor of Mr. E. Y. YARBROUGH’S home, Miss Minnie YARBROUGH and Mr. W. A. WEIR of Waxhaw were united in the sacred bonds of holy matrimony….

-Telegrams today announced the death of Mr. J. Spofford MOORE, at St. Louis, Mo., yesterday, of pneumonia.  Mr. MOORE is a son of Mr. D. F. MOORE of Chesterfield.  He had just gone to St. Louis, where his brother is in the stock business, having been for some time at his father’s on account of bad health.  The deceased was about 26 years old.  Young Mr. Eu. MOORE, who is a student at Greenville, came up this morning in response to a telegram from St. Louis saying that the body would be here tomorrow morning.


Tuesday, October 27, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mayor R. V. HOUSTON and Capt. S. G. HOWIE are the only old veterans from this county that attended the reunion at Raleigh last week so far we have heard…

-At the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. John LONG of Goose Creek township, Sunday, Mr. W. Oscar HELMS was married to Miss Lillie LONG, Esq. FLOW officiating.

-A couple of the members of the LAYTON Carnival Company joined hands and hearts this morning by the aid of ‘Squire M. L. FLOW.  They are Mr. Charles L. TESH of Reidsville, N.C., aged 21 years, and Miss Edna May HAYDEN, aged 19, of Union Town, Pa.  The ceremony occurred at the Commercial Hotel.

-At 7:45 tomorrow evening Miss Virginia Lee McNEELY, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McNEELY of Monroe, will be married to Robert KING of Charleston, S.C….

-Married at the residence of R. H. SAPP, notary public of Lancaster county, S.C., on Sunday, 25th inst., at 5 p.m., Mr. R. P. STARNES to Miss Lillie MOSER


November 3, 1903, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: Mr. Sam WILLIAMS, son of Mr. Lee WILLIAMS, who went from this county to Florida several years ago, was murdered by a mob on the 19th ult. A gang of white cappers were after Sam WILLIAMS’ brother, and finding Sam they asked him to tell them where they would find his brother.  The young man told them he did not know where his brother could be found. The mob became enraged and put a rope around WILLIAMS’ neck, swung him to a tree and then let him down, trying by that means to get a confession from him. The boy was steadfast in his denial of any knowledge of his brother’s whereabouts, and the mob kept pulling him until the poor fellow was dead. It is not know what the brother who escaped the vengeance of the mob was charged with.


Tuesday, November 3, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Marshville - Mrs. J. C. and J. E. BAILEY attended the marriage of Miss Susie ASHCRAFT and Mr. Hiram GRIFFIN of Gilboa last Wednesday.

-Mrs. Nancy BROOM, wife of Mr. J. L. BROOM of Vance township, died at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. A. B. GARMOND, on the 23rd.  She was 65 years old.

-Miss Lizzie LANEY, a sister of Mrs. O. C. CURLEE, was married to Mr. John EDWARDS of Lancaster last week.  The event occurred at Lancaster.

-Rev. Joel S. SNIDER, son of Rev. D. A. SNIDER of this county, was married last Thursday night at Trenton, Ky., where he is pastor of the Baptist church, to Miss Bessie GERTH, a young lady of that place.

-Mr. Brown LANEY of Chesterfield county, S.C., and Miss Minnie FUNDERBURK, daughter of Mr. Alfred FUNDERBURK of Buford township, were married at the bride’s home last Thursday by Rev. W. V. HONEYCUTT.

-Mr. J. Newton SHANNON died at his home in Sandy Ridge township last Tuesday.  He had been sick for several months with Bright’s disease.  Mr. SHANNON was 65 years old.  He was a successful farmer and one of the county’s good citizens.  He was a liberal hearted man, a public spirited citizen and a good neighbor, and was a faithful member of the Methodist church.  Mr. SHANNON was a member of the Junior Reserves in the Civil War and made a good soldier.  He married Miss Drucilla SIMPSON, sister of Mr. J. R. SIMPSON of Monroe.  He had no children.

-Mr. L. C. HAYWOOD, aged 21 years, son of Mr. Doss HAYWOOD of Vance township, was killed near Birmingham, Ala. last Wednesday.  The young man was working on a railroad trestle, and a large piece of swinging timber struck him in the abdomen…  The body was brought home and was buried on Friday….

-Dr. D. M. SMITH of Polkton, who was stricken with paralysis about six weeks ago, died last Thursday evening.  Dr. SMITH was well known through Anson and adjoining counties and was an excellent citizen, a kind neighbor and a devoted member of the Methodist church.  He is survived by his wife, two daughters and three sons. 

-Mr. A. W. BOYTE of Monroe was married at six o’clock Sunday afternoon to Mrs. Jennie OSBORNE, daughter of Mr. Daniel J. WINCHESTER of the Carmel section….

-Superior Court Proceedings: …Joe SIMPSON, convicted at August term and sentenced to four months on road, is given to the custody of the sheriff to serve his term, the supreme court has affirmed the decision.  Geo. RUSSELL, carrying concealed weapons, fined $10 and costs.  C. T.  WILLIAMS, failing to work road; to pay costs.  Press CHAMBERS, carrying concealed weapons; $10 and costs.  A. F. THOMPSON and John COHEN, affray; $25 each and costs.  Jim and Mary BUTLER, immorality; $5 each and costs.  W. Tebee KISER, carrying concealed weapons; payment of costs.  Joe MATHESON, carrying concealed weapons; $10 and costs.  Messrs. J. C. SIKES, Jr. and W. C. McRORIE were sworn in as attorneys of the court. 

-Mr. S. L. MULLIS of New Salem township, one of the best citizens of the county, is now one of the old soldiers of Union county who, as boys, helped to put the fighting name of North Carolina at the top of the list and caused Gen. LEE to say, “God bless North Carolina.” “The hardest things about it all to me was,” said Mr. MULLIS in talking of the war the other day, “the going away and leaving a wife and small children.  It was not the dread of being shot down and dying in itself that one cared for; it was the leaving of helpless ones in troubled times when no one knew what would happen.  The hardships of the soldiers on the field were nothing as compared with their suffering from a knowledge that their families were at home in want and may be starving.”


Tuesday, November 10, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-On October 26th, as the sun went down behind the western horizon and darkness and solitude covered the land, the messenger of death came to the home of our friend and brother, John J. KING of Jackson township, and claimed as his the wife, Mrs. Mary Jane KING… The deceased was born May 1st, 1857 and was a sister of Mr. G. Washington GRIFFIN of Foss, Ark.  On January 11, 1880, she was happily married to Mr. J. J. KING.  They have six children, all of whom survive her….

-Mr. Paul FURR and Miss Bertie FOARD of Vance township were married on the 5th inst., at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. W. L. FOARD.  Esq. S. J. HOWARD officiated.

-Mr. Jas. McMURRY, a well known citizen of Lancaster county, died Saturday and was buried at Tirzah on Sunday.  Mr. and Mrs. W. T. STEWART attended the funeral from Monroe.

-The second week of court is now in session.  The trial of John MARSH for rape has been set to begin on Thursday.  MARSH was tried last November and found guilty, but the Supreme Court gave him a new trial.  The sheriff has been busy for some time summoning a special venire of 150 men, from which the jury will be selected… Since our last report the following cases have been disposed of: Clonnie HASTY, selling liquor; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Leroy CROOK, assault with deadly weapon; judgment suspended on payment of costs. John HOUGH, robbery; four years on the chain-gang.  Henry DOSTER, larceny; eight months on the chain-gang.  Ed CAT, distributing religious worship and carrying concealed weapons; seven months on the roads.  Will SMITH, larceny; four months on the chain gang.  Lawrence ALLEN, assault with a deadly weapon; six months on the chain-gang.  Jas. BRUCE, seduction; not guilty.  Robt. PERRY, carrying concealed weapon; three months on the road.  Zamp ROBINSON, carrying concealed weapons; $15 and costs.  Vance YOUNG, carrying concealed weapons; two months on the chain-gang.  Henry and Abe LINCOLN, assault and battery; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  W. J. TRULL, assault and battery with deadly weapon; $10 and costs.  John W. HASTY, perjury; not guilty.  John BLACKMAN, distributing religious worship; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  John and Jim WILLIAMS, resisting an officer; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Ed DAVIS, assault and battery with deadly weapon; $40 and costs.  George W. MOSER, selling mortgaged property; not guilty.  Tom CLAWSON, carrying concealed weapon; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Frank PERRY, assault with deadly weapon. judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Jim THOMPSON, carrying concealed weapons; three months on the roads.  The case against Ashley BAUCOM, who last year attacked his wife with a knife, and who was put under bond to keep the peace at last November term of court, came up again.  Mr. BAUCOM has been with his brother in Fayetteville during the time, and his wife has been at their home in New Salem.  The court continued the bond of $500 to keep the peace until next November court, and required that Mr. BAUCOM should continue to live outside the county.

-Mr. G. D. BROOM is sorrowing for the loss of a good friend, and one that stood him in good stead.  The other day the postoffice at Wolfsville was discontinued.  “I do hate that,” said Mr. BROOM.  “Why, that postoffice saved my life.  I was postmaster there during the war, and it kept me out of the army, and if I had gone in of course I would have been killed.  I was appointed postmaster at Wolfsville in 1856, and it was one of the oldest offices in the county.”


Tuesday, November 17, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Marshville – Mr. Conly THOMAS of this place and Miss Mittie WILLIAMS of Rockingham were married on last Wednesday.

-Mr. Spurgeon DEES and Miss Lou TUCKER were married at Olive Branch Sunday, Esq. H. T. BAUCOM, officiating.

-Mr. Conley THOMAS of Marshville and Miss Mittie WILLIAMS of Rockingham were married last Wednesday.

-Mr. J. C. McRORIE and Miss Minnie COOK, both of Goose Creek, were married on the 15th by Esq. A. J. FURR, at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. S. A. COOK.

-Pretty invitations have been issued announcing the marriage of Miss Wilma ARMFIELD, daughter of Mr. E. A. ARMFIELD, to Mr. Julian Walter LANEY.  The event will occur on the 25th, in the Methodist church, at 8 p.m.

-Col. E. M. BOYKIN, president of the Farmers and Merchants’ Bank of Camden, shot himself with a gun yesterday afternoon.  On hearing the news, Mr. E. C. ZEMP, the cashier of the bank, left home, ostensibly to go to Col. BOYKIN’S home, but instead, went to his own barn and shot himself through the head with a pistol, dying instantly.  The dispatch says that if there is any shortage in the bank it had not then been discovered.

-Mr. J. C. LITTLE of Leo, Stanly county, was in town Saturday and reported that one of his neighbors, Mr. John YOW, got his back broken a few days ago.  In shouldering a large sheet of cotton he gave his back such a wrench that he was rendered perfectly helpless and is likely to remain so, as the doctors said the spinal column was broken.

-Mr. Charles PLYLER and Miss Levy YARBROUGH of Buford township were married by Esq. SAPP of South Carolina on Sunday…  Supper was served at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. H. A. YARBROUGH, and the couple left next day for the home of the groom’s mother, Mrs. Bettie PLYLER.

-John MARSH, colored, tried and found guilty at the last November term of court of a criminal assault on the person of Alice CARELOCK, a public school teacher and the daughter of a respectable colored man of Lanes Creek township, and sentenced to be hanged by the neck until dead, will, instead of paying this penalty, go to the chain-gang for thirty days…. [lengthy article]

-Court adjourned on Friday morning. Other cases disposed of since the last issue of The Journal are as follows: H. H. TARLETON, M. C. HELMS, W. M. HELMS and Jim WILLIAMS, affray; W. M. HELMS fined $50 and one-third of costs; H. H. TARLETON fined $20 and one-third of costs; M. C. HELMS fined $5 and one-third of costs; Jim WILLIAMS fined $5.  William HORN, immorality; 6 months on chain-gang.  Rube PERRY, carrying concealed weapon; $10 and costs.  Marshall LITTLE, assault and battery; not guilty.  Gilbert STOCKTON, immorality; 5 months on chain-gang.  Ellis HUNTLEY, assault and battery; not guilty.  Ezekiel CROWDER, carrying concealed weapon; $15 and costs.  Paul ROSE, carrying concealed weapon; $10 and costs.  Scott McCAIN, immorality; 12 months on chain-gang.  Dr. H. M. BROOKS submitted for violating State liquor laws by unlawfully giving prescriptions for whiskey.  Judgment was suspended on payment of costs…  The case of Ashley BAUCOM, reported in last week’s paper, took another turn and was marked off the records of the court.  BAUCOM and his wife compromised their differences.  He paid her $300 in cash to relinquish all claims whatsoever to all interest in his estate, and they agreed not to live together any more.  Mr. BAUCOM went back to his home in New Salem township and Mrs. BAUCOM has gone to live with her people in Concord.

-Last Saturday Austin HILLIARD and John CHAPMAN, colored men of Chesterfield C.H., went to Cheraw together in a buggy.  While on their way from Cheraw they fell out over 25 cents one of them owed the other.  They got out of the buggy and CHAPMAN, who had a shotgun, attempted to shoot HILLIARD.  The latter seized the gun by the muzzle and at the same time drew his pistol and attempted to shoot into the ground to scare CHAPMAN and make the infuriated man turn the gun loose, but instead of the bullet going into the ground it entered his own leg, inflicting a painful wound.  CHAPMAN still persisting in trying to use his gun, HILLIARD fired again, and this time the bullet entered CHAPMAN’S abdomen, inflicting s wound from which he died Sunday.  HILLIARD is in jail at Chesterfield.  Wadesboro Messenger.

-At a colored “festibule” one night last week, in the Primus section of Lancaster county, Jack BLACKMON was shot in the head and instantly killed by Thompson WATTS, both colored.  The fuss started over a pot of chicken stew that had mysteriously disappeared….


Tuesday, November 24, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-J. P. CALDWELL, Jr. the 19-year old son of Mr. J. P. CALDWELL, editor of the Observer, committed suicide by shooting himself through the left breast with a revolver, last evening at 6 o’clock… Charlotte Observer. [lengthy article]

-Mr. J. H. READER, who moved from here to Pineville about a year ago, was in town last week.  He says that Mrs. READER has been quite sick for four months.

-Mr. S. W. MILLS of Marshville township died yesterday of appendicitis.  He was 30 years old, a member of the Primitive Baptist church, and leaves a wife and two children.

-The wife of Mr. Henry HELMS, who lives on Mr. J. M. PRICE’S place near Waxhaw, died suddenly while walking about in the yard Sunday afternoon.  She leaves several children, one of them a very young infant.

-Mr. J. S. BILLINGSBY of this county died at the Morganton Hospital on Monday of last week, and was buried at Peachland on Wednesday.  He had been in the hospital some time.  It will be remembered that he lost his mind as a result of a blow on the head by a heavy piece of timber.  Mr. BILLINGSBY’S family lives in Monroe.

-Miss Daisy BROOKS, daughter of County Commissioner A. J. BROOKS, will be married tomorrow afternoon at 3 o’clock to Mark BREWER, at the family residence in Marshville township.  Rev. A. MARSH will be the officiating minister.

-The Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer says that Messrs. T. L. CAUDLE, L. J. HUNTLEY, G. W. HUNTLEY and Henry HANEY, all of Wadesboro, have bought the well known Rocky River Springs property, in Stanly county, and will make improvements sufficient to make it a first class resort.

-Joe NELSON, the negro who attempted an assault upon the little sister of Mr. Will PORTER of Monroe, at her father’s farm in upper Chesterfield on Sunday before last, was hanged near Jefferson last Saturday night….

-Allie, a little daughter of Mr. Joe BROOM of North Monroe, was burned to death last Friday.  The child which lacked one day of being three years old, was left in the house with two or three other little children by its mother, who stepped over to a neighbors house.  She had not yet sat down when she heard the children screaming and ran back home.  The little girl’s clothing was in flames, and her little brother, seven years old, had gotten her to the back porch and was manfully trying to pour water on the flames.  A nearby neighbor reached the child first and smothered out the fire, but not until the little one was burned beyond hope. Dr. MONROE was sent for and did all possible, but the child died in less than six hours.  Just how its clothing caught is not known.

-Van P. NORWOOD, son of ex-Judge W. L. NORWOOD, shot himself with a pistol at Waynesville Saturday.  He was 28 years old, and no cause has been assigned for the deed.


Tuesday, December 1, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Miss Alma STEGALL and Mr. Reece AUSTIN of Marshville township were married in South Carolina last Sunday.

-A young daughter of Mr. John HORTON of Wadesboro died Friday and was brought here and buried Sunday.  The child was a granddaughter of Mr. Thomas McCORKLE.

-Agnes, the seven weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George FUNDERBURK of south Monroe township, died Sunday and was buried yesterday at Shiloh.

-Mr. C. PARKER of Lanes Creek left last week for Reidsville, Ga., where he will make his home.  He had lived in Georgia eight years before returning to this county two years ago.  Mr. Burton PARKER, his brother, will move to north Texas next month. [note: This “C. Parker” is probably Cullen Parker, son of Elijah Parker and Nancy Rogers.]

-Mrs. Fannie BOONE, who formerly lived in Monroe, died at her home in Wadesboro last Friday. She was sick only a few hours.  Mrs. BOONE was a good woman and respected by all who knew her.  She leaves a husband and nine children, the youngest only a few months old.  The remains were brought here for burial Saturday.

-Mr. Paul LOWERY, son of Mr. Seabrook LOWERY of Buford township, was killed on the train near Osceola, S.C., last Tuesday night.  He had been working at Rock Hill and was on his way home.  It is thought that he was swinging on the rear end of the car and his head came in contact with a protruding rock in a cut.  The body was found in the ditch by the roadside.  The young man was about 21 years old.  The body was brought here Wednesday night.

-Mrs. Nancy OUTEN, widow of Jacob OUTEN, who died about a year ago, died on November 22nd, at her home four miles south of Monroe.  She was 66 years old the 25th of last August.  Funeral services were conducted at Macedonia Baptist church on Monday of last week by Rev. J. A. BIVENS, and the remains were buried there.  Mrs. OUTEN was a daughter of Briton PARKER, a man well known in the county in his day…. Nine children – four sons and five daughters – survive her.  The sons are Messrs. J. W., J. B., Walter, and Raymond OUTEN, and the daughters are Mesdames K. B. LANEY, W. W. FUNDERBURK, Wesley HELMS and Henry PENNEGAR, and Misses Janie, Ellen and Lydia OUTEN….

-Mr. Julius Walter LANEY and Miss Wilma ARMFIELD were married last Wednesday evening.  The ceremony occurred at eight o’clock in Central Methodist church and was performed by Dr. J. C. ROWE…. Mr. LANEY is a son of Mr. G. M. LANEY of Buford township…. Mrs. LANEY is a daughter of Mr. E. A. ARMFIELD, clerk of the Superior Court… [lengthy article]

-On Thursday night following the above wedding, the groom’s best man, Mr. Wriston LEE, was himself married.  His bride is the daughter of the late Capt. L.A.W. TURNER, Miss Callie.  This marriage was a home one, occurring at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Martha TURNER

-On Thursday morning at 10 o’clock, Rev. M. D. L. PRESLAR and Miss Effie BROOM were united in marriage at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. BROOM of Buford, Rev. D. A. SNIDER officiating….


Tuesday, December 8, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. I. E. GAY of Altan will sell all of his property at public auction December 17th, and will move to Marion and put his children in the Elhanan Institute under the tutorship of Miss Mattie PERRY.

-Mrs. Susan BLAKENEY of Missouri is visiting at her daughter’s, Mrs. W. T. LANEY.

-Mr. Noah WILLIAMS, son of Mr. Marshal WILLIAMS, of Vance township was married to Miss Cora HELMS November 18th.

-Mr. Henry T. EFIRD, son of Mr. P. J. C. EFIRD, and Miss Sallie BRASWELL, daughter of Mr. T. C. BRASWELL, all of New Salem township, were married December 6th, at the residence of Rev. R. H. JAMES, the latter officiating.

-Last Tuesday afternoon at the hour of three, Mr. L. Z. SECREST of Monroe township, was married to Miss Faire BIVENS, daughter of Mr. N. W. BIVENS of east Monroe township….

-Mr. Daniel J. WINCHESTER, one of the old landmarks of this township and a most upright and honorable man, died at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. A. W. BOYTE, in Monroe, at three o’clock last Wednesday morning.  He had suffered a long time with Bright’s disease.  Funeral services were held at Carmel Wednesday afternoon by Dr. ROWE and Rev. F. W. BRADLEY, and the body was laid to rest there.  Mr. WINCHESTER was a little over 76 years old.  He was born and reared in Sandy Ridge township, but had been living on his farm two miles south of Monroe, in the Carmel neighborhood, for thirty-six years.  Mr. WINCHESTER married Miss Beatrice HELMS, daughter of the late Capt. Isaac HELMS, who with two sons and two daughters survive him.  The sons are Messrs. Henry A. and James L. WINCHESTER; the daughters are Mesdames A. W. BOYTE and J. W. HINSON.  For years the form of Mr. WINCHESTER was a familiar figure in Monroe and in the Carmel section.  He was a quiet man who looked strictly after his own business.  A member of the Methodist church since boyhood, he lived an upright life that bore testimony to the truthfulness of his profession.

-The county commissioners had a called meeting last Friday, and met with Mr. B. SUTHERLAND of Charlotte, the representative of the E. Howard Clock Company of New York, for the purpose of considering the purchase of a clock for the court house clock tower.  After careful deliberation and investigation of the claims made for this clock, the commissioners gave an order for one, to be shipped as soon as it can be manufactured, it having to be made to order.  The clock selected weighs 3,500 pounds, the bell alone weighing 1,000 pounds.  The striking of the clock when placed in the tower can be heard a distance of five miles.  It will have four faces and will, of course, keep correct time always.  The hands will be visible as far as the tower can be seen, both day and night, as the faces will be illuminated at night by electricity.  The county will pay for the clock and the town will install it and put in the electric lights.  The town and county are to be congratulated on the acquisition of this clock.  It has been for years a subject of comment that our otherwise well finished court house had no clock in the tower where places had been made for one.  The clock ought to have been put up long ago.

-There are those who believe in dreams and impressions and presentiments, and those who believe not in them.  By both of these classes the following story will be found interesting:  Mr. F. P. SAUNDERS lives in Marshville township, this county.  Until last Sunday week his sister, Miss Matilda SAUNDERS, lived in Vance township with her brother-in-law, Mr. Alexander MATHERSON.  This good lady died on Sunday, November 29th.  Mr. SAUNDERS stated that on arising that morning from his bed he had an impression or presentiment that he had better go to see his sister.  This he did at once, beginning the trip of twenty miles right away.  On arriving there he found his sister dying.  She was only strong enough to recognize him and ask if he had been sent for.  She had been sick for four days of pneumonia, and Mr. SAUNDERS had heard nothing whatever of her illness, but in going to see her merely followed the dictates of the impression received in the morning.

-Mrs. Peggy PORTER died at her home in Mineral Springs last Friday.  She was probably the oldest person in this part of the county,


Tuesday, December 15, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-It is reported that Mr. J. W. DEES was happily married to Mr. Bunn MACKELHANEY on last Thursday night at the residence of Mr. S. W. STEWART near Beulah church, Mr. Will SHELL officiating…. [note: both parties of the marriage were listed as “Mr.”]

-Mr. Adam LONG, the aged father of Mr. J. I. LONG of Monroe and Esq. W. G. LONG of Goose Creek, is very sick and not expected to live.  Mr. LONG is 84 years old.

-Messrs. John H. BENTON, Reece BIVENS and Miles N. BIVENS will leave next week for a long trip to Texas.  The latter will probably locate in that State.

-No state has given more good emigrants to other sections than has North Carolina, and perhaps no county in the State has sent more people to the West, South and Southwest than Union.  Messrs. J. E. CARELOCK, W. M. WALDEN and Evander DEES, good citizens of Lanes Creek township, left last week to settle in Coffee county, Ga.

-Mrs. Nancy McCAIN of the Walkersville section of Jackson township died last Tuesday evening at the extreme old age of 95 years.  She was the widow of Hosea McCAIN, who has been dead about 20 years, and during that time she has lived with her stepson, Mr. J. J. McCAIN.  Her remains were buried Wednesday at Tirzah Presbyterian church, of which she was a member.  Mrs. McCAIN was one of the best christian women in her community, and was much beloved for her many christian values.

-Mr. Robert BYRUM, one of the oldest citizens of the county, died at the home of his son, Mr. E. J. BYRUM, in Vance township, on the 5th inst.  He was 81 years old.  His wife, who died two years ago, was 82.  Mr. BYRUM was a member of the High Hill Primitive Baptist church for a great many years prior to his death.  He was a good citizen who attended to his own business and dealt honestly with his fellowmen.  He reared three sons and four daughters.  All of them live in the county except two, Mrs. W. R. HELMS and Mrs. H. J. HELMS of Pineville. The others are Mrs. F. M. BROOM and Mrs. M. L. FREESLAND, and Messrs. E. J., S. J., and W. J. BYRUM.  Mr. BYRUM was reared near Pleasant Grove, and lived in this county all his life.  He was a Confederate soldier and served in Company B, North Carolina troops.

-Two small colored children were burned to death on the farm of Mr. J. T. STURDIVANT, in Lanes Creek township, last Saturday at 2 o’clock.  The house in which they were burned was occupied by a colored man named Abe COVINGTON.  The two victims were the children of a neighbor, who, with Abe’s wife, had gone off to do some washing and left the children in the house alone.  They were completely consumed in the fire.  The house top had fallen in before the fire was discovered by outsiders.  It is supposed that the children were playing in the fire and let some seed cotton, which was in the house, catch fire.


Tuesday, December 22, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-There was a kind of surprise marriage at Olive Branch Thursday, 17th inst.  The contracting parties were Mr. J. W. FOWLER of north Monroe township and Miss Julia BAUCOM, daughter of Mr. Hiram BAUCOM

-Mr. Fred CARROLL of Monroe was married last week to Miss Virginia AIKEN of Abbeville, S.C.

-Mr. J. B. COBLE moved his family last week to Abbeville, S.C.  Mrs. G. H. MEARS, who has been in Abbeville for some time, has returned to Monroe.

-Mr. H. A. WINCHESTER, who has for sometime been running a livery business here, will move to Darlington, S.C., to open a stable in January.

-Mr. E. I. GRIFFIN and Miss Leila PHIFER, and Mr. F. E. HELMS and Miss C. L. FOWLER, all of this county, were married Sunday by Esq. J. C. MANGUM of Chesterfield county, S.C.

-Pink ELLIS, a good colored citizen of Goose Creek township, has sold his land and all his goods and will leave tonight with his family for Trenton, N.J., to live.  He has two daughters working there as house servants, and has himself spent some time up there.  He expects to work as a brick mason.

-An infant child of George BREWER, colored, who lives on the Gold Mine road north of town, was burned to death last Friday.  It was out where they were burning trash and fell into the fire.

-Mrs. Rosa BLAKENEY, widow of the late well known Jack BLAKENEY of Chesterfield county, and mother of Messrs. W. S. BLAKENEY, R. E. BLAKENEY and P. B. BLAKENEY, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Victoria SLOAN, in Monroe, at seven o’clock last night.  She had been sick but a few days, of pneumonia.  She had been living in this county less than a year, and in Monroe but a few weeks.  She was 72 years old and a native of Chesterfield county… the remains will be buried here… For a number of years Mrs. BLAKENEY had been living with her son, Mr. W. S. BLAKENEY  Mrs. BLAKENEY was a member of the Methodist church at Five Forks in Chesterfield county, and was a woman of strong character and pious life.  Not only were her children and grandchildren much attached to her, but a large number of friends and neighbors as well. 

-One of the most delightful social events of the season took place at the home of Mayor R. V. HOUSTON last Thursday evening.  It was the celebration of the twelfth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. HOUSTON… [lengthy article]


Tuesday, December 29, 1903, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Bennie RUSHING of Nashville, Tenn., passed through here Thursday en route for his home at Rushing.

-Mr. A. L. MARSH of Norfolk, Va., is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. MARSH.

-Mr. C. L. GAMBLE, who has been in Texas and Louisiana about three years, has returned to his home here.   His many friends are glad to see him in Waxhaw again.

-Mr. J. Pinkney WALKUP and Miss Daisy RATCHFORD, daughter of Rev. W. W. RATCHFORD of the Tirzah neighborhood, were married last evening at 6 o’clock in Tirzah Presbyterian church.

-Mr. T. E. H. STEPHENSON will, in the early part of the new year, move his family from Waxhaw to Bishopville, where he becomes bookkeeper for the HEATH-MASSEY-MORROW Company.

-Mr. Doff WILES and Miss Cora WILLIAMS were married at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. W. L. WILLIAMS, Sunday.  Rev. M. H. HOYLE officiated. 

-Mr. Willis McCAIN and wife of Arkansas are visiting relatives in the county.

-Mr. Frank E. BIVENS of Arkansas arrived last night to visit his father, Mr. H. F. BIVENS of Waxhaw.

-Messrs. Isaac MATTOX, Henry NASH and Charles WILLIAMS, who left this county several years ago for Arkansas, are visiting relatives in the county.

-Mr. D. A. HOUSTON received a big fat deer as a Christmas present from his brother, Mr. Hugh HOUSTON of Arkansas….

-An unusually large number of the former citizens of this county who have made their homes in the West, have returned this winter on visits, but so far as we have heard, Mr. T. A. LATHAN and family are the only ones who have come back to stay.  Mr. LATHAN went to Arkansas many years ago and hasn’t been back in seventeen years.  He is now with his brother, Mr. J. R. LATHAN, in Buford township, and will settle either in this or Lancaster county.  We should like to see the tide turn and bring back many of those who have left us in the years agone.

-The Journal had a call last week from Mr. J. C. LANEY of Texas, who, with his mother and brother, Mr. Thomas LANEY, are visiting relatives in this county.  Mrs. John HOWIE of Mineral Springs is a brother of Mr. LANEY, whose father, the late John LANEY, left the Pleasant Grove section for Texas twenty-eight years ago.  Mr. LANEY is a prosperous young farmer of middle Texas.  He says there are no boll weevils in his section.  He will remain here about a week.  His mother may spend the summer.

-Mr. William Fanning RUCKER of Rutherfordton will be married tomorrow to Miss Hannah Elizabeth HOYLE, daughter of Rev. H. M. HOYLE of Wardlaw.

-Miss Mollie MARSH, daughter of Miss Lizzie MARSH, and Mr. Jas. L. WINCHESTER of Monroe were married in South Carolina on Sunday.

-Christmas day was the most unfortunate one of his life for Mr. J. W. CONNELL, who has charge of the pump at the railroad yard.  He lost his foot in a manner that came very near to taking his life in a most horrible manner… [lengthy article]

-Mrs. Francis RAMSEY announces the engagement of her daughter, Alda, to Mr. John M. FAIRLEY – the marriage to take place January 6th, 1904.

-Mr. Adam LONG of Goose Creek township, whose injuries and fatal sickness was reported in the Journal some time ago, died on the 17th inst.  Though eighty-five years of age, Mr. LONG’S death resulted from illness consequent upon the breaking of his arm by the kick of a horse.  The body was buried at Crooked Creek church and the funeral preached by Elder S. E. WILLIAMS.  Mr. LONG loved all his long life where he was born, and was a model to his neighbors for all the years of his manhood.  Kind, honest, industrious, neighborly, it could not have been otherwise.  Mrs. LONG survives her husband.  For sixty-one years they lived and loved, reared their children and kept a happy home. “Uncle Adam” was the patriarch of his community, a man in whom there was no guile.  He leaves four sons, all of them substantial and good citizens with children and grandchildren of their own.  They are W. G. LONG of Goose Creek township, Jesse L. LONG of Stanly county, John I. LONG of Monroe and Thomas E. LONG of Arkansas.

-Mrs. T. M. BROWN died at the home of her son, Mr. T. B. BROWN, in Monroe Saturday afternoon.  The cause of death was catarrh of the stomach.  She had been suffering with this trouble for a long time.  Just before returning to Monroe from McCall, where she had lived some time, Mrs. BROWN went to a hospital in Savannah and spent some time, but with little or no improvement. On coming to Monroe this fall she gradually got worse until the end came.  The funeral was held yesterday morning by Rev. Mr. ATKINSON, at the Presbyterian church.  Mr. BROWN and son, Mr. Henry BROWN, were at Chadburn and were wired for.  They arrived Saturday night, accompanied by Hon. Jas. A. BROWN and wife.  Mrs. J. C. EDWARDS of that place, a sister of Mrs. BROWN, had spent the week preceding here.  The deceased was Miss Henrietta RUSHING of Anson county.  She was born May 29, 1846, and married August 16, 1874.  After spending some time in Wadesboro, Mr. and Mrs. BROWN came to Monroe in 1877 and, with the exception of a short time spent in South Carolina, lived here continuously.  A husband and three children survive the mother.  One sister, Mrs. EASON of Waxhaw, and a half sister, Mrs. HUNTLEY of Anson county, also survive.  Mrs. BROWN was a member of the Presbyterian church





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