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Tuesday, January 12, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-An infant of Esq. A. R. EDWARDS of Marshville township died suddenly last Thursday.  It was eight months old.

-Squire J. M. HARKEY united in marriage on the 3rd, Mr. R. W. KILLOUGH and Miss Julia DEESE, all of Vance township.

-Squire W. G. LONG united in marriage, on the 9th, Mr. J. D. CROWELL and Miss Mary Jane HELMS, all of Goose Creek township.

-A camp of the Woodmen of the World was organized at Mt. Prospect on the evening of the 31st by Mr. E. T. BELL, district organizer.  The following officers were installed: H. L. YARBROUGH, C. C.; W. P. PLYLER, A. L.; A. L. HELMS, banker; F. A. PLYLER, clerk; W. H. SAPP, physician; L. F. MONTGOMERY, escort; C. B. PLYLER, watchman; Robert RAPE, sentry; A. M. EUBANKS, J. T. McCORKLE and D. W. MONTGOMERY, board of managers.

-Mrs. Mary PRESSON, wife of William PRESSON, died at her home four miles southeast of Monroe last Wednesday morning.  She was sixty-one years old, and a sister of Messrs. Jerre, Wesley and Moses HINSON.  A husband, one daughter and four sons survive her.  She was almost a life long member of the Methodist church, having joined in early life.

-Esq. J. W. SMITH of Olive Branch died on the 3rd instant.  He was 82 years old.  For a portion of his life he lived in Stanly county, from which he was sent to the State senate.  Mr. SMITH was an up-right honest man and useful citizen.

-The Monroe correspondent of The Charlotte Observer gives the following account of a marriage which occurred here last Wednesday evening:  “Miss Alda RAMSEY, youngest daughter of the late W. C. RAMSEY, was married last night at the residence of her mother, on Washington street, at 8 o’clock, to Mr. John M. FAIRLEY, Jr., Rev. George H. ATKINSON, the bride’s pastor, officiating…..”  [lengthy article]

-Mr. Rufus KELLOUGH and Miss Julia DEES were married on the 3rd at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. J. M.  DEES, J. M. HARKEY, Esq., officiating.

-Mr. Charles WILLIAMS of Arkansas, who spent the holidays with his grandfather, Mr. Bryant WILLIAMS, has returned home.


Tuesday, January 19, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Tribute of Respect – Joseph C. HARRIS, the subject of this sketch, was born September 15th, 1848, and died on Thursday morning December 31st, 1903, being 55 years, 3 months and 15 days old.  For a number of years Mr. HARRIS had been an earnest member and worker of Bethlehem M. E. church.  He had been a great sufferer for a number of weeks of that dreaded disease, consumption; but through all his sufferings he bore it all with the patience of a true Christian.  Not a murmur or complaint escaped from his lips, and all his friends, who visited through his sickness, were assured that all was well with his soul.  His last words were, “Death is only a dream….”  He was secretary and treasurer of the building committee who had just completed a handsome new church at Bethlehem, where a large concourse of friends assembled on new year’s day to lay all that was mortal to rest….

-Waxhaw – Lottie, the four-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe HARTIS, died on the 16th inst.  They have our sympathy.

-Waxhaw – Mr. T. J. COAN will sell his personal property Friday, January 22nd.  He will move to Fort Mill, S.C…..

-Mr. A. HUNTLEY of Bonita, Texas, has lately been visiting relatives in this and Anson county.

-Little George, the two-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. George FITZWATER, died almost suddenly of membranous croup at the home of his parents on Church street last Tuesday night….

-A. A. BELK, who was sentenced to a sixteen months term on the chain gang for carrying  concealed weapons and resisting an officer, was released last Thursday afternoon, being pardoned by Governor AYCOCK, after having served five months…

-Mr. W. L. BARR, of The Journal force, was not here to help get out the paper, but was off to Durham on a most happy mission.  On Tuesday morning he was married to Miss Annie BRYANT of that place….

-Mrs. J. O. MULDROW, sister of Dr. W. B. HOUSTON, died at her home in Darlington, South Carolina, Saturday morning at 9 o’clock.  Six children survive her, and a little baby died with its mother.  Mrs. MULDROW visited here last summer and made many friends, who will hear of her death with sorrow.  She was born here, her parents moving away when she was a child.  No doubt many of the old people remember her as little Annie HOUSTON.  She was about thirty-nine years old.  Dr. HOUSTON went down Saturday night and came back Sunday.

-Six hours after the second operation for cancer had been performed on him, Mr. M. C. BIVENS of Marshville township died at St. Peter’s hospital in Charlotte at 6:30 on the afternoon of the 13th….  Mr. BIVENS was the son of the late R. N. BIVENS and a brother of Messrs. Thos. and E. O. BIVENS.  He was 35 years old.  Eleven years ago he was married to Miss Minnie CHANEY, daughter of Mr. J. W. CHANEY, and the devoted wife is left with five fatherless children….  Mrs. BIVENS will move either to Monroe or Marshville to send the children to school, as she cannot continue on the farm alone..... [lengthy article]

-Mr. V. D. SIKES, son of Mr. J. C. SIKES, is at his father’s home in Monroe suffering with a case of small pox….  There is one other case of small pox in the county.  It is on Crooked Creek, in Goose Creek township, and a colored man on Mr. Uriah BELK’S place is the sufferer.  His case is also of the mild form.

-Court Proceedings – Superior Court adjourned Saturday.  Since our last issue the following business was transacted:  Alonzo BUCHANAN, selling liquor; 30 days in jail.  John STEWART, colored, carrying concealed weapons; $10 and costs. Ed P. BASS, embezzlement; 4 months on county roads. Appeals to Supreme Court.  June CUNNINGHAM, forcible trespass; not guilty.  Latta HILL, assault with deadly weapons; $5 and costs.  O. R. SIMPSON, keeping liquor for unlawful sale; $50 and costs.  Will FUNDERBURK, colored, selling liquor; not guilty.  N. C. PRICE, keeping liquor for unlawful sale; mistrial.  N. C. PRICE, selling liquor; nolo contendre.  Judgment suspended on payment of costs, with conditions that he remove his liquor from Monroe and not store any more here.  Charles HEAVENER, selling liquor; judgment suspended on payment of cost and defendant to appear at next term of criminal court and show that he has not sold any liquor.  Ed DOSTER, selling liquor; not guilty.  Ben LINGLE, carrying concealed weapons; $5 and costs.  Lester LILES, bastardy; $10 and costs and $50 to prosecutrix. Appealed.  Thurlow ALSOBROOKS, trespass; 4 months on chain gang.


Tuesday, January 26, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-On January 20th, Mr. H. L. PRICE killed one of his mammoth black hogs, aged two years, ten months and twenty days, which tipped the scales at 697 [pounds]…..

-Mr. J. I. ORR of Indian Trail, this county, was the modest but nevertheless the star performer on the Charlotte cotton market last week, but not as a dealer in futures.  He sold HEATH Bros. 268 bales of actual cotton, delivered it, and got a check for $17,244.60, which was fourteen cents all round…. [lengthy article]

-Waxhaw Enterprise – A tragedy of which people of this section will read with much interest, was enacted near Dallas, Texas, a few days ago.  Mr. John PORTER was born and raised in the Waxhaws of Lancaster county, and was well known in this section.  He went to Jacksonville, Florida some years ago and there he married.  He and his wife moved to Texas, but as they did not agree, they parted.  Later they became reconciled and renewed their relation as man and wife.  A few nights ago, for some unexplained reason, the wife arose from her bed and secured her husband’s pistol and fired upon him, killing him instantly.  Mrs. PORTER was arrested and is now in jail.

-Mrs. George FITZWATER is on a visit to her old home in Georgia.

-Mr. James M. LOWERY of Buford township was married to Miss Mary MAY, daughter of Mr. E. L. MAY of Wingate, last Wednesday afternoon, Rev. J. A. BIVENS, officiating…..

-Mr. H. M. NICHOLSON has just returned from a trip down in Chesterfield, where he went to attend the marriage of his brother, Mr. W. P. NICHOLSON, to Miss Nonie KNIGHT, daughter of Mr. G. W. KNIGHT of Chesterfield.  Rev. A. C. BAKER of Ruby performed the ceremony.

-Mr. Ellis GODWIN of Concord writes The Journal that his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Joseph GODWIN, died at the home of her father, Mr. T. J. GRIFFIN of Concord, last Sunday night.  Consumption and pneumonia were the cause of death.  A husband and a host of friends mourn her loss.  The young couple had been married only a little over eight months.

-Mrs. Mary S. SUMMERSETT, mother of Mrs. J. R. SHUTE and Mrs. S. W. PARHAM, died at the home of the latter last Saturday afternoon…. The body was taken to Fair Bluff, Columbus county, for burial in the old family graveyard, where it was interred Sunday.  Besides her two daughters, three sons survive Mrs. SUMMERSETT.  They are Messrs. Edward SUMMERSETT of Missouri, James SUMMERSETT of Columbia, S.C., and W. B. SUMMERSETT of Salisbury…..  Mrs. SUMMERSETT was 68 years old.  She had made her home principally with her daughter, Mrs. SHUTE, for the past four years.  Prior to that time she had lived in Charlotte, where her husband, Capt. SUMMERSETT, who was for a long time in the employ of the Seaboard, died.  She was a member of the Methodist church and a consecrated Christian woman.

-Mr. M. C. AUSTIN of New Salem lost two children last week – and gained two.  His daughter, Miss Ora, was married on Sunday to Mr. Crump WADDELL of Anson county.  The marriage occurred at the Olive Branch Baptist church and Rev. G. O. WILHOIT officiated….  The other marriage was that of Mr. C. M. AUSTIN to Miss Ella MOORE, at the residence of the bride’s parents in Anson county, and occurred early last Wednesday morning….

-Mr. H. M. EUBANKS of Monroe and Miss Lula DOSTER, daughter of J. F. DOSTER of Monroe township, were married at Waxhaw on Sunday, Rev. L. E. STACY performing the ceremony…. [note: Henry M. Eubanks married Louisa Doster on Jan 24, 1904. Per Union Co. marriage records]

-Lancaster Review, 20th - Mrs. Eliza GARDNER, wife of Mr. S. L. GARDNER of Kershaw, died Sunday night, aged about 65 years.  She was twice married.  She leaves by her first husband, a daughter, Mrs. Burrell LOVE; by her second, two daughters, Mrs. Lee SOWELL and Mrs. Almetta KEY. [note: The 1900 census of Kershaw, Flat Creek Twp, Lancaster Co, SC shows Stephen Gardner and wife Eliza, with daughter Almetta Key and granddaughter Hallie Key. The 1880 census shows this family living in Monroe Twp, Union Co, NC]


January 29, 1904, The Landmark, (Statesville, Iredell County, N.C.)

-Monroe Special, 27th, to Charlotte Observer. Iredell Man Killed in Monroe - J. E. WILHELM, formerly in business at Oak Forest and Hinwood, killed by H. M. EUBANKS – This morning at 11 o’clock the people of this place were much startled and distressed to know that a tragedy had been enacted in the store room of the HEATH-LEE Hardware Company, wherein Mr. J. E. WILHELM was shot to death by Mr. Henry M. EUBANKS.  EUBANKS is a son of Thomas C. EUBANKS, of this county, and a brother of Dr. J. E. EUBANKS, the coroner of the county.  He came to Monroe about two years ago and  was engaged as a salesman by the HEATH-LEE Hardware Company at the time of the fatal occurrence.  Last Sunday he was married to Miss Lula DOSTER, daughter of Mr. J. F. DOSTER, of this county, at Waxhaw.  Mr. WILHELM has been living in Monroe six or eight years and has been connected with a distillery, a store and some lumber business here, and latterly in South Carolina.  For some time he or his wife conducted the old Central Hotel here and only moved out of it about the 1st of this month.  About Christmas some sensational stories were to some extent circulated as to an alleged occurrence between WILHELM and EUBANKS at the Central Hotel, where the latter boarded.  The facts as to that difficulty are difficult to ascertain, as also in the present instance; but EUBANKS came out of it with bruises about the eyes and showed signs of having been roughly handled…. [lengthy article]


Tuesday, February 2, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Frank ARMFIELD, of Low Gap, Surry county, was found dead in his chair with the entire top of his head blown off.  He has a large family grown, and is worth considerable property.  One of his boys was in the house at the time, but he and the rest of the family say that they did not hear the report of the gun.  They add that they found the gun on the floor with one barrel discharged.

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer - Maggie, aged five years, daughter of Mr. George McDUFFIE of Lilesville township, was burned to death late Sunday afternoon….

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer – The wife of John Hog KNIGHT, a colored man who lives on Mr. R. H. WALL’S place in Lilesville township, has presented him with three children in less than ten months.  On March 30th of last year she gave birth to a boy, and on Wednesday of last week, January 20th, she became the mother of twin boys.   Mr. C. T. JONES, section master on the Coast Line railroad at Paris, is the father of four children, all of whom were born on Sunday, as was also the mother of the children.  The youngest child was born last Sunday.

-Mr. and Mrs. J. A. WOODLIFF, formerly of Monroe, but who have been living at Lenoir for some time, left last Wednesday for Alabama, where they will make their home.  Mr. WOODLIFF has bought an interest in a mercantile business in that State. [note: Cecelia Latta (d/o A. L. Latta & Mary R.) married J. Alonzo Woodliff (s/o George F. & Sarah E.) on Jan 16, 1901 in Union County, North Carolina, per Union Co, NC marriage records.]

-Last Thursday afternoon [Jan. 28, 1904] Mr. J. W. RICHARDSON of Monroe was married to Miss Mabel Estelle DOSTER, daughter of Mr. R. W. DOSTER of Pleasant Valley, S.C.  The marriage occurred at Fort Mills, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. GORDON of the Baptist church, of which the bride is a member and in which she is organist and Sunday school teacher.   The bride and groom drove to the home of the groom’s father, Capt. B. F. RICHARDSON, on Friday, and on Saturday came to Monroe.  They are boarding at Mr. L. R. HELMS’, but expect to go to housekeeping soon on College street.

-A Big Fire In Monroe – Four Stores and the Journal Office Destroyed.  Sunday Morning Fire Carried Away the STEVENS & PHIFER Old Stand, SHUTE’S Two Storerooms, HUDSON’S Store, and the Journal Office – The Losses Quite Heavy and Not Much Insurance….. [lengthy article]

-Just before eleven o’clock last Wednesday morning, Mr. H. M. EUBANKS shot and killed Mr. J. E. WILHELM.  The tragedy occurred in the rear of the HEATH-LEE Hardware Company’s store room, where Mr. EUBANKS was employed as a salesman.  Three shots were fired, all of them taking effect, and the wounded man died in thirty minutes after being shot.  Mr. EUBANKS immediately surrendered to the Sheriff.  The facts leading up to the fearful tragedy are hard to obtain with certainty….  Mrs. WILHELM was conducting a boarding house in the Central Hotel building.  Mr. WILHELM was running a lumber business in Middledorf, S.C., and was away from home a good deal of the time, making periodical visits here to see his family.  Mr. EUBANKS boarded at Mrs. WILHELMS.  Some time before Christmas Mr. WILHELM came home one night and found Mr. EUBANKS sitting before the fire in Mrs. WILHELM’S room.  Without waiting for an explanation, Mr. WILHELM attacked Mr. EUBANKS….  Mr. EUBANKS had gone into the room to see about a collarette or fur which she had purchased for him to present to Miss Lula DOSTER, who was soon to become his wife.  It was further explained, in substantiation of this statement, that Mr. Ed DOSTER, the brother of the young lady, had also been in the room just previous to Mr. WILHELM’S entrance, and that Mr. EUBANKS had lingered behind to speak to Mrs. WILHELM because he did not want Mr. DOSTER to know of the present at that time.  This explanation seemed satisfactory to Mr. WILHELM, the two men made friends, and Mr. EUBANKS continued to board with Mrs. WILHELM until she moved to another location.  Mr. WILHELM went back to his place of business and did not return till Saturday night of last week. After he returned, he no doubt heard some of the gossip which had been set afloat by the previous occurrence, and began to brood over the matter afresh.  There can be no doubt that it was praying heavily on his mind, for on the previous day to the shooting a member of his family told a doctor that he thought Mr. WILHELM’S mind was affected…. The next time the two men met was at the time of the tragedy….  It seems that Mr. WILHELM entered the store, approached Mr. EUBANKS, and attacked him without warning…. At this point, Mr. EUBANKS drew a pistol and fired three shots in succession…  Mr. EUBANKS walked to Sheriff HORN’S office and gave himself up….. [lengthy article]


Tuesday, February 9, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Z. W. TUCKER, son of Mr. M. L. TUCKER, and Miss Jennie GRIFFIN, daughter of Mr. W. P. GRIFFIN, both of Goose Creek, were married last Wednesday at the home of the bride’s father, Esq. W. G. LONG officiating….

-Mr. Lee KING and wife of Douglas, Ga., were here Thursday en route to Mr. KING’S father in Lanes Creek township.

-Mrs. Martha BIVENS, widow of the late Joseph BIVENS, died at her home in Marshville township on February the 3rd.  She was sixty-one years of age, and leaves four sons and three daughters.  The sons are Messrs. J. R., Culpepper, Emmerson and Joseph BIVENS; the daughters are Mrs. J. H. COLLINS, Mrs. E. C. GRIFFIN and Miss Lou BIVENS.  Mrs. BIVENS was a member of the Baptist church and a most pious lady.  She was a sister of Rev. J. L. BENNETT of Marshville and of Dr. Marshall BENNETT and Mr. Ellis BENNETT of Texas, and of Mrs. John TICE of Marshville township.  Rev. J. L. BENNETT, who returned from Wake Forest on account of her death, will not return, as there are but a few days of the course that he was taking left.

-Capt. Leander M. SECREST, who lived four miles north of Monroe, was found dead in his bed last Wednesday morning, having died sometime during the night of heart disease, of which he had been a sufferer for sometime.  Deceased was about 72 years old.  Until a few months ago he lived in Vance township.  Capt. SECREST was a well known surveyor and was a well informed man.  He was a good neighbor and a true friend and will be greatly missed in the places that knew him.  He leaves a wife and one child, Mrs. J. I. ORR of Indian Trail.  Deceased was a brother of Esq. J. D. A. SECREST.

-Mr. Frank DOSTER, who lived near Altan, died on the 27th of January.  His death was caused by rheumatism of the heart, a disease which he contracted while serving in the United States army about twenty years ago, and on account of which he was honorably discharged from the army.  He leaves a wife and six small children.

-Rev. E. C. McLARTY, son of Mr. J. M. McLARTY of east Monroe township, will be married to Miss Mary W. BROWN of Asheville on the 17th.  Mr. McLARTY is one of the best known of the young ministers of the Methodist church of the State.  He served at Asheville before going to Concord, where he now is.

-Mr. and Mrs. Wilson GRIFFIN will this week begin housekeeping in the cottage now occupied by Mr. J. J. LINDSEY.  Mr. LINDSEY will move to the CASON house, Mr. and Mrs. Rufus ARMFIELD will board with Mrs. LINDSEY, and Mr. W. H. NORWOOD will move into the house vacated by Mr. ARMFIELD.

-Mr. and Mrs. W. N. KEENER of Lincolnton, who were married last Tuesday at Wake Forest, stopped over and spent a day with their friend, Mr. J. C. SIKES, Jr., on their way to Lincolnton.

-Mr. Jim STEGALL and Miss Maud ARANT of Buford township were married last Sunday, Esq. MANGUM of South Carolina officiating.

-Mr. Thomas DEES of east Monroe township was married to Miss Sarah Ann WEBB of Marshville township on January 27th.

-Mr. T. R. KEZIAH and Miss Mary J. HELMS of Monroe township were married on January 27th, ‘Squire S. A. HELMS officiating.

-The court house clock has arrived and workmen will begin to place it today.

-Mr. EUBANKS Gives Bail [lengthy article about the WILHELM-EUBANKS case]

-On last Thursday morning, Mr. E. C. INGRAM was married to Miss Eva SHUTE….. The bride is the youngest daughter of the late John SHUTE….

-Mr. J. Dan LONG and Miss Ila BRASWELL of Goose Creek township were married at the residence of the officiating magistrate, Esq. A. J. FURR, on the 7th inst.


Tuesday, February 16, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-A 2-year-old negro child of Lem ROBINSON’S, who lives on Mr. Ed STARNES place in Buford township, was burned to death yesterday afternoon.  Its mother left it in the house alone.

-Mr. W. S. P. HUNTER of Weddington celebrated his seventieth anniversary on last Tuesday.  A number of friends were present on the occasion.  Mr. HUNTER is still hale and hearty.  He has raised a large family of successful children, both boys and girls, who are a credit to him, and he can enjoy his old age in peace.

-Mr. J. Mace RICHARDSON, who formerly lived in Buford township and long enjoyed the reputation of a fighting man, died on Monday of last week of dropsy, in Lancaster county.  He moved to that locality about four years ago from Rock Hill.  A wife and six children survive him.  The body was taken to Rock Hill and buried beside one of his sons.  The Lancaster Enterprise says that Mr. RICHARDSON was “an industrious, upright and successful farmer of the Creek section.”

-Mr. W. T. STEWART, keeper of the county home, left last night for Morganton to carry Mrs. James BAUCOM and Mr. W. W. GRADY to the hospital….

-The trial at Wadesboro of Henry YOUNG for the killing of Mr. John WILLIAMSON at Hamlet last winter closed Sunday night in a mistrial……

-A civil term of court, presided over by Judge R. H. BRYAN, was begun yesterday.  So far, very few cases have been tried.  S. C. BOYCE, Jr., was granted a divorce from his wife, and one colored divorce was also granted.  Mr. J. E. LITTLE, recently granted license to practice law, was sworn in as an attorney.  In the case of Mr. Vann SIKES against Messrs. Thomas LOVE, Wade LOVE, and Monroe DRY for damages growing out of the events connected with the poisoning of Dr. S. J. LOVE, a compromise was effected whereby the defendants pay Mr. SIKES $100 and the cost of the action.

-Mr. J. Bright GRIFFIN and Miss Mattie L. GRAY, both of Monroe, were married last Wednesday at the residence of Rev. J. A. BIVENS, the latter officiating....

-“The last good smoke I had,” said ‘Squire W. G. LONG of Goose Creek, “was under the railroad shed at Nashville.  We were coming from the Confederate reunion at Louisville, Ky., and as the cars were crowded and the folks complained of too much smoke, I said to myself that I wouldn’t smoke any that night.  The next day I said to myself that I wouldn’t smoke any until I go to Atlanta.  On getting to Atlanta I said I’d wait till I got to Monroe.  When I got home I thought that I wouldn’t smoke any more at all, and I haven’t yet.”  If there were a prize for self control and determination, ‘Squire LONG ought to have it.  He is an old man and had been a smoker for perhaps half a century.  So well did he love a pipe that he had it in his mouth from the time he got up in the morning till he went to bed at night.  In fact, his constant smoking won for him the nickname of “Smoking Bill.”  His friends tell it on him that he used to feed a cotton gin with a pipe in his mouth.  Notwithstanding this habit of years, when he decided to quit, he did it without a word.

-Mr. Lonnie BAUCOM of Monroe township and Miss Ida MEDLIN, daughter of Mr. James W. MEDLIN of this township, were married last Thursday, Rev. A. MARSH officiating.

-Mr. Thomas LEONARD died at his home in White Store township Sunday, aged 87 years.  His remains were interred yesterday at the ASHCRAFT graveyard, near Mr. J. N. STURDIVANT’S.  Deceased was a brother of Mr. James LEONARD of Lanes Creek township.  [also see Feb. 23rd issue for another notice of his death]

-Mr. C. A. CARRIKER of Monroe and Miss Mollie HUNTLEY, daughter of Mr. J. M. HUNTLEY of Lanes Creek township, were married in Chesterfield county last Sunday.


Tuesday, February 23, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer – The scaffold from which Will BOGGAN will be hanged next Thursday has been erected….. [lengthy article]

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer – Mr. J. F. TICE, a well know citizen of Gulledge township, died Sunday morning, aged about 65 years.  Mr. TICE, who suffered from some heart trouble, had been an invalid for some time.

-The Messenger-Intelligencer regrets that a bucket shop is to be opened in Wadesboro.  The gambling instinct is strong enough in all of us without having it encouraged and developed by these pernicious institutions.  

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer – Mr. Pleasant H. GADDY of Morven township was placed in jail Monday for safe keeping until he can be sent to the State Hospital at Morganton.  Mr. GADDY’S mind has not been right for some time, but recently he showed signs of becoming violent, and it was thought best for his own safety, as well as the safety of his family, that he be confined.  He went crazy on the subject of religion, we are informed.

-Marshville, Feb. 18 - Mr. Valentine MAUNEY, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Stanly county, died at his home in New London Sunday before last, aged 88 years.

-Mr. Thomas LEONARD died at his home in White Store township, Anson county, last Saturday and was buried at the ASHCRAFT graveyard, near Cool Spring, Monday.  He was 87 years of age.  He was a very hale old man until a few years ago, when he became more feeble and had to give up plowing.  He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist church and lived a consistent Christian life and died in the full triumph of gospel faith…. He leaves two daughters, a son and one brother to mourn his loss….

-Mr. D. P. McLARTY went to Asheville last week to attend the marriage of his brother, Rev. E. K. McLARTY, which occurred last Wednesday.  He was “best man.”

-Mrs. Nancy WALLACE died at her home in Buford township Wednesday of consumption.  She was 30 years old and leaves two children.  She was a good woman and devoted mother.  She was the widow of the late Henry WALLACE, who died about two years ago.

-Mr. Joe H. CALDWELL of Catawba Junction, S.C., had his right leg cut off last night about 12:30 in the Seaboards yard here.  Mr. CALDWELL is night yard conductor, and was switching cars when the accident occurred…. [lengthy article]

-Camp WALKUP, Confederate Veterans, met Saturday and elected the following officers: R. V. HOUSTON, commander; W. A. AUSTIN, vice commander; N. S. OGBURN, adjutant, secretary and treasurer; J. R. SIMPSON, quartermaster; J. G. BARTON, color bearer; Rev. J. J. McLENDON, chaplain.

-A neighbor of the deceased at Durham sends the following clipping from The Durham Herald, in regard to the death of Mrs. DAVIS, wife of Mr. R. J. DAVIS, son of Mr. T. A. DAVIS, of Sandy Ridge township:  “On the 26th of February, 1903, when only eighteen years of age, Miss Mallie SHARP, of Whitaker, N.C., was married to Mr. R. J. DAVIS of this city.  On Saturday night, the 13th of February of this year, she was called hence by the angel of death…. The funeral services were held at the family home on Sunday afternoon by Rev. W. L. CUNNINGHAM and the interment was in Maplewood cemetery.  Capt. J. H. EXUM, her uncle, and Mrs. WATSON, her cousin, both of Whitaker, were here to attend the funeral services…..” [lengthy obituary]

-Mr. John C. NISBET, a well-to-do citizen of Lancaster county, and postmaster at Jacksonham, just over the Union line, was found dead on a road on his farm last Wednesday evening just after sunset….  death was due to heart failure….  Mr. NISBET was about 42 years of age.  He was a member of the Tirzah Presbyterian church, and an upright man and good citizen.  He leaves a wife and one child.


March 1, 1904, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer of last week contained the following: “The case of Bennett BLAKENEY and Jack SCALES, charged with larceny of liquor from a box car on the railroad yard here on the 15th inst., was called before Esq. M. L. FLOW last Saturday (Feb 20th) and the entire day was consumed in taking evidence and the case was continued until next Monday (Feb. 29th).”  In another part of the same paper this item appeared: “Jack SCALES was arrested last Tuesday morning on a charge of stealing a mileage book from the Seaboard and failing to give bond he was sent to jail to await trial.”  This is supposed to refer to Jack SCALES, Jr., son of Mr. J. L. SCALES, formerly railroad agent at Statesville.  The friends of his parents here will learn with sincere regret of the young man’s troubles.


Tuesday, March 1, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Hanging of Anson County - The Execution of BOGGAN the First Legal One in that County in 33 Years – Negro Was in Monroe Jail for Safekeeping - This afternoon at eight minutes before 1 o’clock, Sheriff John A. BOGGAN sprung the trigger that launched the body of Will BOGGAN, the murderer of John A. SULLIVAN, into eternity…..   The crime, in expiation of which Will BOGGAN has paid the extreme penalty of the law, was committed Saturday night, the 28th of February, 1903, about 9:45 o’clock.  On this night John A. SULLIVAN, a native of this county, who lived in the Beverly neighborhood, about 6 miles from town, was shot down, in cold blood, in the alleyway between the Klondyke Hotel building and WILLIAMS Bros.’ store….  The hanging of BOGGAN was the first legal execution that has taken place in Anson county in thirty-three years.  On the 21st day of July, 1871, Lewis and Ned MYERS were hanged by Maj. James W. WALL, then Sheriff of the county, for the assassination of J. W. REDFEARN, a prominent citizen of the county who merchandised at White Store.   After Mr. REDFEARN was killed his store was robbed of about $800 in money, the most of which was recovered on the person of Lewis MYERS, son of Ned MYERS who was arrested at Cheraw a few days after the killing. [lengthy article]

-One Birthday in Eight Years – Dr. J. E. HART of Deep Creek is looking forward to next Monday with a great deal of pleasure, as it will be the first birthday he has had in eight years.  The doctor, having been ushered into this world on the last day of February of a leap year, ordinarily has a birthday every four years, but 1900 not being a leap year, he has not celebrated his natal day since 1896.

-Sandy Ridge: Mr. Brown McLEAN of Mecklenburg county, formerly of Jackson township, is visiting relatives here.  Mr. McLEAN is an old Confederate veteran, who lost both of his eyes in the war.  He is very cheerful for one in his condition, and talks interestingly of his experiences during the war.  He visited at Prof. DALRYMPLE’S Friday night, and entertained his family for about two hours.  All honor to our Confederate veterans.

-Mr. Newton THOMPSON and wife, and Mrs. TOMBERLIN, his mother-in-law, all have la grippe.  The three constitute the family, consequently there is no one to attend to them, only as the relatives and friends come in and help them.  Mr. THOMPSON is 76 years old and a good old veteran of the civil war.  Mrs. TOMBERLIN is probably the oldest person in this part of the county, being about 90 years old.  She is the widow of the late Reuben TOMBERLIN and mother of Mr. J. M. TOMBERLIN of Vance township.

-Mr. Gerrald BOYLIN, son of Mr. W. J. BOYLIN, formerly of Monroe, was married last Wednesday to Miss Mae HARRELL of Nashville.

-Court adjourned last Wednesday…  Mrs. E. A. FORTUNE of Marshville was granted a divorce from her husband, J. B. FORTUNE, on the ground of desertion.

-Mr. Burwell Franklin BENNETT [sic BENTON] died in Goose Creek township on the 18th of February, aged 84 years.  He was the twin brother of the late Washington BENTON, who died three or four years ago, and was a native of Anson county.  He came to this county about 1845 and married.  Several of his children being deaf mutes, he moved to Raleigh in 1854 to educate them.  Coming back to the county in 1863, he lived here continuously until his death.  Mr. T. H. BENTON, a younger brother, is yet living.  About the close of the war he was married the second time.  Seven sons and daughters survive him.  The sons are Messrs. W. F. and E. E. BENTON.  The daughters are Mesdames John SUMMERLIN, Lawson ROZZLE, R. HELMS, James PINION, L. C. STEGALL, John SHERRILL and George BROOM.  Mr. BENTON was a member of the Baptist church.  He was a good old man and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.  [Note: apparently his name was Burwell Franklin BENTON but was misspelled in the original obituary]

-It has been suggested that the effort to build a monument in honor of the Confederate soldiers of Union county be now renewed, as the hard times which prevented the success of the former effort have now passed away…..

-Mr. Robert T. GOODALL of Camden, S.C., will be married this afternoon to Miss Carrie GRASER, sister of Mrs. W. M. GORDON, whom she has been visiting….

-Mr. Thomas WILLIAMS, son of Mr. T. E. WILLIAMS of Rock Rest, was married last Wednesday afternoon to Miss Wilma, daughter of Mr. J. R. HELMS of Wingate, Rev. J. A. BIVENS officiating….

-The trial of John, Raymond and Frank RITCH and Fred YANDLE, charged with an assault with intent to kill Emsley D. YANDLE, will be heard in Justice FLOW’S court on Thursday.

-Miss Jennie SHEPHERD, daughter of Mr. James SHEPHERD, was married last Wednesday evening to Mr. Charles M. SHANNON.  The ceremony occurred in Abbeville, S.C., at the home of the bride’s brother, Mr. John W. SHEPHERD, and Rev. Mr. WELLS, a Methodist minister officiated.  Miss SHEPHERD has for some time been in the millinery department of BELK Bros., and is one of the prettiest young ladies of Monroe….

-Engineer Gus COX, who was well known in Monroe, was killed on his engine below Clinton, S.C., last Friday evening about dark….  Mr. COX was a native of Abbeville and was living there.  He was quite a young man – about 30 – and had a wife and one young child.  He had been running an engine for about two years and had not been married quite so long.…  He was a member of the Presbyterian church.  When living in Monroe he was a fireman for Engineer J. W. YATES.


Tuesday, March 8, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-John GUAN or GANT, who during the holidays, in Rockingham county, purposely or recklessly fired off his pistol at a dance and killed a young girl, was found guilty of murder in the second degree in Rockingham Superior Court this week and sentenced to thirty years in the penitentiary.

-Two new stores will soon be opened up at Marshville, one of dry goods by Mr. Henry LILES of Wadesboro, and a fancy grocery store by Mr. L. MEDLIN of Monroe township.  Mr. MEDLIN was formerly in business at Matthews and Gastonia, and is a good citizen and successful business man.

-Mr. R. A. MORROW received a telegram Saturday night saying that his father, Capt. J. M. MORROW of Charlotte, was very sick and not expected to live.  Capt. MORROW died last night a little before nine o’clock.  He was 75 years old and a native of Lancaster county.  He had lived in Charlotte for thirty-six years, twelve of which he spent as clerk of the court of the county, his term ending in 1898….

-Dr. J. W. NEAL of Monroe was married to Miss Ida GRIBBLE, daughter of Dr. W. H. GRIBBLE of Buford township, last Wednesday evening….

-Mr. R. J. COCHRAN of Charlotte has opened a bucket shop in Monroe, occupying a room over the HOUSTON-LEE Supply Co.  Mr. Albert REDFEARN, son of Mr. G. W. REDFEARN of Monroe, is his telegraph operator.  The Charlotte Observer says that Mr. COCHRAN is the tenderest hearted man in the world and was a misfit as a turnkey at the jail because he was too easy with the prisoners.  It’s to be hoped that Mr. COCHRAN’S humane efforts may not result in fostering the gambling mania in Monroe.

-Mrs. Bessie RAY, a well connected lady of Charlotte, was found dead in Vance park, behind the mint, Sunday morning….


Tuesday, March 15, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Titus DRY and Miss Susie BROADAWAY of New Salem township were married Thursday of last week, Esq. P. J. C. EFIRD officiating. [Note: Union Co. marriage records show they were married Mar 03, 1904.]

-Mrs. Margaret PHILLIPS died at her home near Matthews on Tuesday of last week, aged 67 years.  Her maiden name was THREATT and she was reared near Zoar in this county.

-Mr. J. C. SMITH of New Salem was married to Miss Laura HONEYCUTT of Stanly county on February 25th.  The ceremony occurred at the bride’s home and was performed by Rev. Mr. BLACK.

-Mr. W. T. KING of Robeson, S.C., was here last Tuesday and reported that on the fourth inst., a son was born in the KING family, the first son in the family in 26 years.  The young man is a son of Mr. W. T. KING.

-Miss Florence OGBURN, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. OGBURN, died at the home of her parents here last Wednesday morning….  Besides her parents, two brothers, Messrs. W. C., Jr., and Louise OGBURN, and four sisters, Mesdames E. H. AUSTIN and A. S. MORRISON and Misses Mattie and Nena OGBURN, are left to mourn the departure of one who was all that a devoted daughter and sister could be.

-Marshville, March 14. - Rev. D. J. McLAMORE, a traveling preacher, has just been united to a long lost daughter, whom he never knew until lately.  The daughter is Miss Fronie BYRD of Charlotte.  About forty years ago Mr. McLAMORE was married to a daughter of the late William NEWSOME of his place.  His wife died and left an infant daughter, which the mother’s relations took to rear, and the father went West and began the wandering career of a travelling evangelist.  He was informed that his daughter was dead, and he therefore paid no visit to this country.  A few weeks ago, Mr. McLAMORE was in Fayetteville and met Mr. Henry BAUCOM, a former resident of this county and a former schoolmate of Miss Fronie, his daughter.  It was then that he learned that his daughter was still living, and last week he made it convenient to visit his daughter and there was a happy meeting of father and daughter.  Mr. McLAMORE spent a few days here last week visiting old friends whom he had not seen since 1867.  [Note: Union County, NC marriage records show that Duncan J. McLEMORE married on Sept. 12, 1865 to Mary J. NEWSOM. 1870 Census of Lanes Creek Twp, Union Co, NC shows Sophrona McLemore age 4, living with Sarah Newsome age 53.]

-Court Proceedings: …In the case of H. M. EUBANKS for the killing of J. E. WILHELM, the grand jury returned the verdict of murder, but the solicitor announced that he would ask only for a verdict of murder in the second degree or manslaughter as the evidence might warrant….

-Mr. Henry F. DAVIS, formerly of this county, died in Charlotte last Thursday evening.  The body was carried to Marshville, the former home of the deceased, for burial.  Mr. DAVIS was a son of the late Rev. Edmond DAVIS, and a brother of Rev. A. C. DAVIS of Olive Branch.  He was about 52 years old and leaves a wife and several children.  He was mayor of Marshville and cotton weigher at that place a long time, but had been living in Charlotte for some time, working for the LIDDELL Company.

-Roy DOSTER, a young colored man of Buford township, went out to the new ground to cut wood last Wednesday morning, carrying his axe and a loaded pistol with him.  Some time afterward he was found lying across a stick of wood, dead.  One ball had been shot from the pistol, and had gone into his head through the eye.  It was thought that he sat down to look at his pistol and accidentally shot himself.  The coroner held an inquest but found nothing contrary to his supposition.

-Mr. Cyrus STEWART of Columbus, Miss., is visiting his mother, Mrs. Sallie STEWART.

-Murderer Arrested Here - Birch MORGAN, a Desperado of Montgomery County, is Rounded Up by Constable BIVENS After a Slow Trail Lasting Nearly a Year… [lengthy article]

-Mr. Edgar COXE, son of Mr. J. B. COXE, and Miss Dora WALTERS were married at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. M. A. WALTERS, on last Thursday, Esq. B. F. PARKER officiating.  Long and happy lives to the happy young couple.

-Safe Robbers Successful – They Tear Up SHUTE’S Safe But Fail To Get Much Money – A Crude Job, The Safe Door Being Pounded Open With A Sledge Hammer, SIKES’ Stables and SHANNON’S Store Also Entered…. [lengthy article]


Tuesday, March 22, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Ed AUSTIN, the 18-year-old son of Mr. J. E. AUSTIN of Jackson township, was the victim of a fearful accident, by which he lost one of his eyes, a few days ago.  While he was chopping wood a knot flew up, struck him in the eye, and burst the eyeball.

-Uncle Stephen BARRETT, a well known old colored man of Monroe, called “The Bishop,” went to Charlotte one day last week, and, armed with a pardon from Governor AYCOCK, brought his son Jim home from the Mecklenburg chain gang.  Uncle Stephen wants to thank the good governor for the pardon for his boy, and the old darkey is certainly sincere in his gratitude, as his boy was sick.

-Monroe at last has a chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy.  It was organized last Wednesday, and the officers are Mrs. J. D. RAST president, Mrs. J. M. BELK vice president, Mrs. R. V. HOUSTON treasurer, Miss Katherine COVINGTON secretary….  Any mother, wife, sister, daughter or niece of one who rendered service to the Confederacy, either in the army, navy or civil department, is eligible for membership.

-Mrs. R. J. BELK of Waxhaw died on the night of the 12th inst.  Mrs. BELK was 40 years old and leaves a husband and four children.  The funeral was held at Tirzah Presbyterian church, of which she was a member….  Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. J. O. A. CRAIG of Wadesboro, a sister of the deceased; Mr. Henry BELK of Charlotte; Mrs. Maggie BROWN of Chester; Miss Bessie SIMPSON of Monroe; Mrs. Ellie McKENZIE of Monroe, Mr. Will SIMPSON of Monroe, and Mr. Frank MATTHEWS of Charlotte.

-Sandy Ridge: Mr. H. B. CLARK of Monroe and Miss Jennie CLARK ?????CLARK OR HOWIE??? of this township were married yesterday afternoon, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. John HOWIE, Rev. L. E. STACY officiating….  Mr. W. H. HOWIE, Sr., of Mineral Spring is to be married next Wednesday evening to Mrs. Mittie NIVEN of Waxhaw….

-Mr. James C. MOORE, son of Esqr. H. C. MOORE of Rock Rest, and Miss Bettie HORN, daughter of Ex-Sheriff J. P. HORN, will be married at three o’clock this afternoon, at the home of the bride’s parents in Lanes Creek township.  Rev. J. A. BIVENS will be the officiating minister.

-Henry M. EUBANKS, tried for murder in the second degree by the Superior Court last week, for the homicide of J. E. WILHELM, was acquitted of the charge and left the court house a free man…. [lengthy article]

-Our Home of Marshville -  The other day the operator of the telephone exchange here called CROW Bros. at Monroe to get report from the cotton market.  The answer came that they did not have the latest report but it could be had by calling at the “bucket shop.”  The operator here rung off in disgust.  He said he didn’t see how a bucket shop would know anything about the market.  Then he read in Our Home that the bucket shop at Marshville turned out nicely finished buckets, while the one at Monroe turned out sadder but wiser men and it occurred to him that he needed some additional information on the subject.  By enquiry he learned that a “bucket shop” is a place where folks deal in futures.  The amen corner church members who do that kind of business call it speculation.  The preachers call it gambling.  Some of the lay members who are afraid to risk their money that way, also call it gambling.  Country people, as a rule, do not know much about the “bucket shop” business, but they ought to know enough about it to let it alone.

-Ruined by a little money! That is the fate of Henry WEDDINGTON, a colored man, and a good type of his race.  Nearly two years ago Mr. R. B. WEDDINGTON, a prominent farmer and a wealthy, philanthropic and eccentric citizen, died.  He had owned the parents of Henry WEDDINGTON and had owned Henry when he was a small boy.  Emancipation made no difference to the colored WEDDINGTON family.  They continued to live with and work for Mr. WEDDINGTON.  The old negroes died, but Henry stayed on with Mr. WEDDINGTON.  He lived simply and was happy.  His wants were small; he knew little about money.  He toiled with a song on his lips and peace in his heart; and when he was 50 years of age he showed a well-rounded character.  His word was good; he was faithful in his service, serious in demeanor, steady and dependable in his duties.  Then Mr. WEDDINGTON died and left Henry large possessions.  By the terms of his will he received about $200 in cash, a fine farm of 118 acres, and the best mule that belonged to the WEDDINGTON estate.  The effect of the sudden acquisition of property seemed to daze Henry at first….  Then Henry went forth and purchased a rubber-tired buggy.  This was the main turning point in his life – a menace that was dangerous enough to affect even a more intelligent man than Henry….  And Henry’s whole nature changed after he began to ride in that rubber tired buggy.  The downfall was quick.  Inspired by the belief that he was a very rich man, Henry WEDDINGTON bought everything in sight, to use a colloquialism…..  Henry neglected his work.  He and his family sat around and ate candy and were restless…..  Ruin came in a year….  Ruined by a little money! That is the fate of Henry WEDDINGTON, a colored man and a good type of his race.  Doom came in a smart, brand new rubber-tired buggy, and told an old, old story. [lengthy article]


Tuesday, March 29, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mrs. LINNEY, wife of Hon. R. Z. LINNEY of Alexander county, and sister of Dr. J. W. STEPHENSON of Monroe and Rev. R. T. N. STEPHENSON of Polkton, died at her home in Taylorsville last Friday, aged 70 years.

-Mr. C. Q. LEMMOND, a Mexican war veteran of this county, living in Goose Creek township, has been granted an increase in his pension of four dollars per month, making [?page torn?] which he now gets.  The increase came from Congress by the aid of Senator SIMMONS.

-Mr. Milas YANDLE left the Vance township for Texas in 1842.  He left several brothers and other relatives here and they heard from him until the civil war; after that they could hear nothing more.  Mrs. J. P. RICH  of Vance is a niece of Mr. YANDLE, and sometime ago it occurred to her to put an advertisement in the Atlanta Constitution enquiring if any of his children were living.  Pretty soon she got an answer from one of her cousins, and learned that her uncle had left several children in Texas, all of whom were grown up.  Mr. RICH has ordered The Journal sent to one of them a year, so that they can become acquainted with their father’s old country. [Note: The 1850 census shows a Miles Yandle age 35, born in NC, listed in Rusk Co., TX]

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer - Last Thursday afternoon Mr. W. E. ALDRIDGE, who lived on the plantation of Mr. J. I. DUNLAP in Ansonville township, left his home without telling his family where he was going.  Friday morning he had not returned and his people and the neighbors becoming alarmed for his safety, search was instituted for him, which resulted in the finding of his dead body Friday afternoon in an old open well on the place on which Clerk of Court T. C. ROBINSON lived until a few years ago.  The well was about two miles from Mr. ALDRIDGE’S late home and had about twelve feet of water in it….. [lengthy article]

-Yorkville Enquirer – Coroner LOUTHIAN was called to Sharon last Friday to hold an inquest over the body of Mrs. John WEAVER, a white woman who died near there the night before.  The testimony showed that a little family quarrel developed from some cause, and while it was on the woman became angry.  She presently dropped over dead.  Dr. J. H. SAYE testified that her death was very probably due to heart disease.

-Mr. Robert PYRON, a cotton man of Texas, has come to Monroe to spend the summer.  He is a brother of Mrs. A. W. BIGGERS.

-Mr. I. T. HINSON and Miss Idell WILLIAMS of New Salem were married by ‘Esq. M. L. FLOW on Saturday.

-Mr. Henry F. PARKER, son of Esq. B. F. PARKER of Lanes Creek, and Miss Kate May HAMILTON, daughter of Mr. W. A. HAMILTON, were married last Wednesday at the home of the bride’s parents in Lanes Creek….

-…Mr. Walter LONG and Miss Cordie COAN [were married]…. [lengthy article]

-Miss Jane FURGERSON, a sister of Mr. P. C. FURGERSON, died of paralysis on the 25th.  She was 58 or 59 years old, and had been a member of the Baptist church about forty years.

-A special from Concord to the Charlotte Chronicle says that Lee STIREWALT, the 13-year-old son of Monroe STIREWALT of No. 5 township, Cabarrus county, was out hunting Tuesday and stopping awhile, he was resting himself on the end of his gun – the barrel being under his armpit.  By some means the gun was fired and his arm was shot almost close off to his body.



Tuesday, April 5, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Julius GRIFFIN and Miss Maud BROOM, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. W. BROOM, were married March 30th….

-Miss Kate WAKEFIELD, daughter of Dr. W. H. WAKEFIELD of Charlotte, and Mr. Leon M. HAM of Greensboro were married at the home of the bride’s father in Charlotte Tuesday evening.

-Mr. D. Frank PRICE and Miss Belle CRUMP, both of Monroe township, were married on April 3rd at the residence of Esqr. A. J. FURR, the latter officiating.

-Warren C. COLEMAN, one of the wealthiest negroes of the State, died Thursday at his home in Concord.  Born and raised in Concord, he lived and labored there, took care of his investments and soon became wealthy.  His influence was felt far and near, and he was a real benefactor of his race.  Some years ago he undertook the building of a mill, the Coleman Manufacturing Company at that place, operated by negroes, and whatever degree of success it attained was due entirely to COLEMAN.  COLEMAN owned a little property in Monroe.


Tuesday, April 12, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer – Mrs. Elizabeth BITTLE, who lived near Chesterfield, in South Carolina, died of paralysis Tuesday at 1 o’clock and was buried Wednesday.  Mrs. BITTLE lived with an unmarried son and was stricken with paralysis last Thursday morning while sweeping the yard, but was not discovered until that afternoon.  She never regained consciousness and died as above stated.

-Mrs. G. W. TICE of Dallas, Tex., is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. I. LONG.

-Mr. Will FUNDERBURK of Dudley, S.C., and Mrs. Lizzie L. MARSH of Monroe were married Wednesday afternoon, at the residence of the officiating magistrate, Esq. MANGUM of Chesterfield county, S.C.

-Mr. W. Dick FULLENWIDER and Miss Stella TRULL were married last Wednesday night at 8:30 o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s stepfather, Mr. N. W. GRIFFIN, on Crowell street.  Rev. W. F. WATSON performed the marriage service.

-Mr. S. McKey SECREST died in Charlotte Sunday morning at 2 o’clock, in a hospital, where he had been operated on for kidney trouble from which he had been suffering for several weeks.  The operation had been a successful one and the patient did well until blood poison set in and caused his death.  The body was brought home Sunday and interred at New Salem church, Rev. J. W. LITTLE conducting the funeral service.  Mr. SECREST was 58 years old and was born and always lived in the county.  Besides his wife and children, his mother, who is 90 years old and very feeble, survives him.  [Note: Samuel McKee Secrest was born Jun 6, 1845, died Apr 10, 1904 and was buried at Salem Baptist Church.]

-Last night about half past ten o’clock the residence of Mr. R. B. REDWINE, about a mile from town, together with all the furniture, library, etc., was destroyed by fire…. 


April 17, 1904, THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION (Atlanta, Georgia)

-At Monroe [Union County, NC] on Monday, Miss Rosa May BLAND, the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. M. A. BLAND of Charlotte was married to George B. LOCKHART, son of ex-Congressman James A. LOCKHART, of Wadesboro.  It was a surprise wedding.  Miss BLAND was visiting Mrs. W. C. HARDISON at Wadesboro and with Mr. LOCKHART went very quietly to Monroe.


Tuesday, April 19, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer – Joe Bennett BRASINGTON, the four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. W. T. BRASINGTON, died Monday afternoon….

-Mr. Silas LOWERY, who has been in Texas for a year and a half, is visiting his mother at Wingate.

-Mr. William M. WALDEN, who moved to Georgia last fall, has returned to his former home in Lanes Creek township.

-Mr. C. P. HODGE and Miss Annie HAYWOOD, both of north Monroe, were married on the 12th by Esq. A. C. JOHNSON.

-Mr. Andrew FOWLER, one of the oldest citizens of this township, died at the home of his son, Mr. A. J. FOWLER a few days ago.  He was 86 years old and a Confederate veteran.  He was a well known character of north Monroe township.

-Mrs. Mary Ann ASHCRAFT of Marshville township, whose illness was mentioned from time to time in this paper, died at her home, after a long illness, last Wednesday, at the age of 80 years.  She was a sister of the late Dr. J. E. GREEN and was the widow of the late Jackson ASHCRAFT.  She leaves two sons, Messrs. Henderson and Albert ASHCRAFT, and two daughters, Mrs. Joel HUGGINS and Miss Martha ASHCRAFT.  Mrs. ASHCRAFT was, to her neighbors, friends and relatives, a “mother in Israel.”  For many years she lived not only a faithful member of the Methodist church, but a life of active christian virtue.

-Miss Flossie WINCHESTER, daughter of Mr. G. R. WINCHESTER of Sandy Ridge township, died on April 9th of catarrh of the stomach, after an illness of eight weeks’ duration.  She was 23 years old and was a dutiful daughter and beloved sister.  She was a member of the Methodist church at Pleasant Grove, having joined in 1893.  Funeral services were held last Sunday by Rev. L. E. STACY at Pleasant Grove church.  Mr. WINCHESTER and family wish to return thanks through The Journal to their neighbors and friends for their kindness and help during her illness.

-Mr. Thomas J. HUGGINS and Miss Atha LEONARD of Lanes Creek township were married at the residence of the brides’ father, Mr. J. T. LEONARD, last Wednesday afternoon….

-Mr. James OSBORNE, son of Rev. E. A. OSBORNE of Charlotte, who has many friends here, died in Charlotte last Thursday.  He was the eldest son.  He had been living in California several years, and was married.  Nine months ago he had an attack of fever, from which he never fully recovered.  He and his wife came to Charlotte recently in hope that he might be benefited, but in vain.

-Mrs. Elizabeth RAPE received a letter this morning from Mr. C. H. POLLY saying that Mrs. POLLY dropped dead last Saturday.  Mr. and Mrs. POLLY lived many years in Monroe, and Mr. POLLY’S friends here will sympathize with him in his loneliness.  He now lives at Hallsboro, near Wilmington.

-Mr. Jack GRIFFIN, a citizen of Sandy Ridge township, died on Saturday.  He was 65 years old and a member of the High Hill Primitive Baptist church.  His wife and five sons and daughters, all grown, survive him.


Tuesday, April 26, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Robert WALDEN of Buford township died on the 14th inst. of consumption.  He was but 26 years of age and leaves a wife and four small children.  Though sick for a long time with what he knew to be a fatal illness, he did not complain, and though anxious to live for those he loved, he was not afraid to die.

-Mr. U. A. RUTLEDGE of Norfolk, Va., and Miss Nep BARRINO will be married tomorrow evening at seven o’clock at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. D. B. BARRINO, two miles west of Marshville.

-On April 22, 1904, the death angel visited the home of Mrs. Barbara STARNES and carried her soul to a better home.  She had reached the extreme age of 98 years.  Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. W. F. BRADLEY, at Mt. Prospect church, and the body was interred at the cemetery there.  She had been a consistent member of Mt. Prospect church for nine years and lived a Christian life.  Three children survive her, two sons and one daughter – Messrs. Cadd and Stewart STARNES and Mrs. Polly STARNES.  She was always ready and willing to do anything for Christ’s sake.  She had been sick for about two weeks of paralysis and bore her suffering with the utmost patience.  We know that she was ready to meet her Savior, for she often spoke of her readiness to go.  She sang and prayed for her friends around her bedside and asked them to meet her in heaven.  Her dying words were that she was going to a home that was not made with hands, but eternal in the heavens, where pain and sorrow never come.  We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and hope they will follow in her footsteps and be prepared to meet her.   Maud and Jennie.

-Mrs. A. M. STACK returned last night from Greensboro, where she went to see one of her sisters who is preparing to move to Indian Territory to live.

-Dr. C. W. LOVE, son of Rural Carrier Thomas L. LOVE, is to be married on May 11th, in the Presbyterian church of Blackshear, Ga., to Miss HENDRON of that place.  Dr. LOVE is a Union county boy who has won fine success in his adopted Georgia home.

-Monroe is becoming a popular meeting place for couples who want to get married.  In the waiting room sat the depot this morning, Mr. John L. COX of Lexington, N.C., and Miss Clara TERRELL of Columbus, Ga., were married, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Mr. ELDER of Richland, Ga., who accompanied the bride…..

-Mrs. Mary COLLINS, wife of Mr. Henry COLLINS of Lanes Creek and daughter of Mr. John ROLLINS of Wingate, died of consumption last Saturday.  The young wife and mother was but 27 years old, and three small children and their father are left bereft of their dearest earthly friend.  Mrs. COLLINS was a member of the Baptist church and was ready to die…..

-Mr. S. H. CARROLL moved from here to Cedartown, Ga., this week, where he has a position on the S. A. L.  We are sorry to lose Mr. and Mrs. CARROLL.

-Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer – Dr. D. C. TILLMAN of White Store township died this morning at eight o’clock. -Some time ago, William ALLEN of Ansonville township brought suit for divorce from his wife, Roxie ALLEN.  The case was put on the calendar for Monday of the recent term of court, and was on that day called up by ALLEN’S lawyer.  ALLEN not appearing, the attorney asked that the case be continued until next day, and this was done.  Before the case was reached Tuesday the lawyer received news that ALLEN had been dead three or four months.  – Wadesboro has within her gates this week probably the oldest living person who was born in the town.  The gentleman is James PEARL of Marengo, Ala.  Mr. PEARL was born in 1828 near the residence of the late P. J. COPPEDGE.  In 1854 he went to Alabama and settled.  In 1865 he stopped over in Wadesboro while on his way home from the war, and that was his last visit to the place of his birth until now.

-Reuben Items:  On the 14th inst., Mr. J. I. HINSON and Miss Mollie LILES, both of New Salem township, were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. 

-Stanly County News: Mr. Lindsay LOWDER is happy over discovering gold on his place 2 ½ miles north of Albemarle…



-Winnie DIGGS born Anson Co., NC, Aug 10, 1825; married Captain H. M. DIGGS, Feb. 18, 1857; moved from N.C. to Va.; died near Abingdon, Va., Mar. 30, 1904. Daus., Mrs. J. Frank Gray and Mrs. Anne Spencer.


Tuesday, May 3, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Lancaster Enterprise. –The eighteen-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucius BELL was run over by the Southern’s west-bound freight train last Saturday afternoon about a mile and a half beyond Riverside, and so injured that it died and hour and a half later…

-Twenty nine members of Camp WALKUP met in the court house Saturday at a called meeting.  A committee of three, S. G. HOWIE, J. R. SIMPSON and N. S. OGBURN, were appointed to solicit funds for the General GORDON monument to be erected in Atlanta.  Eight applications for crosses of honor were received.  J. R. SIMPSON and D. D. STINSON were elected delegates to the reunion at Nashville in June, and Allison SIMPSON and S. J. RICHARDSON alternates.  Philip JONES, an old Union soldier of Sandy Ridge township, applied for membership in the camp and was unanimously elected.

-Mr. J. L. PORTER of Mineral Springs died at three o’clock Thursday morning.  He had suffered very much with rheumatism for a long time, and for some time prior to his death, was confined to the bed.  He was 49 years of age.  Eleven years ago he was married to Miss Ella PRICE, daughter of J. McCollum PRICE, and she, with three children, survives him.  Mr. PORTER was a most earnest member of Pleasant Grove church.  He was a good citizen, a kind husband and loving father.  He was held in very high esteem by his neighbors, and during his illness they showed him every attention.  Mrs. PORTER desires The Journal to return her thanks to them for their many kindnesses.  The funeral was conducted at Pleasant Grove by Rev. L. E. STACEY.  Messrs. A. M., William and Mary PORTER, and Mrs. J. P. SIMPSON are brothers and sister of the deceased.

-Mr. I. E. GAY, an old man, killed himself by blowing the top of his head off with a shotgun last Saturday afternoon.  The deed was the result of careful premeditation and preparation.  Indications suggest that he had been contemplating the act for some time.  The deed was committed about four o’clock in the afternoon, in a few feet of the little house in which he lived in his son-in-law’s yard, in Buford township.  The old man, who was about 70 years of age, had been married twice, the last time about twelve years ago.  This wife died a few months ago, leaving two little girls, one three years old and the other six.  Some time ago he sold the small amount of property which he had and sent these two children to Miss Mattie PERRY’S school at Marion.  Becoming dissatisfied with this place some time ago, he brought them back and last week took them to the Rescue Home in Charlotte, where they now are….  The four children of his first wife are all grown and live in different sections, but with one of them, Mrs. George GAY, he had been making his home for some time….. [lengthy article] [Note: Isaac E. Gay was 1st married to Mary McCray. They are buried at the Gay Family Cemetery.]


Tuesday, May 10, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Philip CARRIKER, a prominent and aged citizen of Cabarrus, was driving to Concord Wednesday, accompanied by his wife and child.  When near town he gasped, fell forward and was dead.  Heart disease, the doctor said.

-A cotton mill man named DEATON shot and killed a barber by the name of PATTERSON Saturday night at Fort Mill, S.C.

-State of North Carolina, Union County, Superior Court, August Term, 1904.  C. M. SIMPSON vs. C. L.SIMPSON. Notice – The defendant above named will take notice that an action entitled as above has been commenced in the Superior Court of Union county for the purpose of dissolving the bonds of matrimony existing between the plaintiff and the defendant therein named, and the said defendant, C. L. SIMPSON, will further take notice that he is required to appear at the next term of the Superior Court  of said county, to be held on the 4th Monday before the last Monday in August, A. D. 1904, at the court house in said county in Monroe, North Carolina, and answer or demur to plaintiff’s complaint in said action or the plaintiff will apply to the court for the relief demanded in said complaint.  Done at my office this 9th day of May, A. D. 1904.  E. A. ARMFIELD, C.S.C.

-Mr. W. H. DOSTER, lately of this county, now of Birmingham, Ala., is visiting Mr. H. K. HELMS at Wingate.

-Mr. W. I. SNUGGS, county treasurer of Stanly, and father of Mr. W. H. SNUGGS of the English Drug Company here, died at a sanitarium in Salisbury Sunday.

-Miss Sarah Ellen BROOM died at her home in north Monroe Saturday.  The body was buried from the Baptist church, of which she was a member, Sunday.

-Mr. Joseph DAVIS, an old soldier of Lanes Creek township, died Saturday.  He was a member of the Baptist church, and funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. L. BENNETT at Smyrna on Sunday.

-Mrs. Louisa DAVIS, widow of Jackson DAVIS of Buford township, died Thursday morning.  She was 72 years old and leaves five children, all of them grown.  She was a good woman and was a member of the Baptist church.

-Mr. C. A. WOMBLE of Belmont and Miss Ila BIVENS, daughter of Mr. N. W. BIVENS of east Monroe township, were married last Wednesday at the home of the bride’s father, Rev. J. A. BIVENS performing the ceremony….

-At three o’clock last Thursday afternoon Mr. J. W. RALLINGS and Miss Minnie SNIDER, both of Wingate, were united in marriage, at the home of the bride’s father….

-Mr. Joel McLaughlin MOORE, only son of Mr. S. R. MOORE, who lives one mile east of Monroe, died at 11 o’clock Friday night, of ulceration of the bowels.  He had been in bad health for several years, but the severe illness that terminated in his death lasted only a week….  The funeral was conducted from the home at 11 o’clock Sunday, by Rev. W. F. WATSON and Rev. J. L. BENNETT, and the body was buried in the cemetery at Monroe…..  Mr. MOORE was born on May 16, 1854, in Lanes Creek township.  Being an only son, he remained at home with his parents and lived with them all his life.  About nine years ago he was married to Miss Addie RUSHING of Monroe, who survives him….  The deceased is survived by his parents, his wife, and one sister, Mrs. J. T. BIVENS.


Tuesday, May 17, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Tirzah Items – Mrs. M. P. McNEELY left last Tuesday to visit her father, Mr. W. N. GASTON and other relatives in Chester county.

-Mrs. Mary LEWIS, an aged lady of Marvin, died Tuesday afternoon.  She was a member of Bond’s Grove Methodist church.

-Willie WAH, the Chinese laundryman at this place, has been in America long enough to feel that he ought to assume his part of the white man’s burden.  He was married last night to Cornie CORNWELL, a colored woman.

-Mrs. Elizabeth A. HELMS, sister of Rev. D. A. SNIDER and stepmother of Mr. Jasper HELMS, died last Thursday of Bright’s disease.  She was 62 years old and had been a member of Faulks church for forty or forty-five years and was a true, christian woman.  The funeral was conducted at Faulks by Rev. Messrs. BIVENS, MARSH and BENNETT.

-Mr. Isaac CONNELL, an industrious young farmer, and Miss Neeley CROWELL of Goose Creek, were married at the latter’s home Sunday, ‘Squire A. W. McMANUS officiating….

-E. P. BASS of Marshville, who was convicted at a late term of court of embezzlement, has returned to his home at Marshville from the chain gang, having been pardoned by the governor.  The facts in the case are interesting.  BASS sold some land in which he and his sister, who lives elsewhere, were interested, and was to send her her part of the money by mail.  He registered a letter to her, but when it reached her there was no money in it.  He claimed that it had been stolen from the letter while in transit, but the jury took the view that he never put the money in it at all, and so convicted him, and he was sentenced to four months on the roads.  Mr. E. C. GRIFFIN and others became interested in BASS’ case and secured a petition upon which he was pardoned; and also paid the money over to the sister.

-Mr. Angus DEESE of Lanes Creek township died yesterday at the age of 76 years.  His wife and six children survive him.  He was a member of Zion Methodist church and expressed himself ready to die.

-Mrs. R. T. NIVEN of Jackson township died Sunday.  Her husband and six children are left to mourn their loss.  Mrs. NIVEN was a member of the Methodist church and a woman of the finest christian character and held in the highest esteem of her neighbors.  The body was buried at the McCORKLE cemetery.

-Wesley Chapel - Mrs. Litha TOMBERLIN is visiting Messrs. MOORE Brothers this week.  Mrs. TOMBERLIN, although 94 years old, is still able to be up and about, doing almost any and all kinds of house work, and looks like she is good for several years yet. [Note: TelithaLitha” was married to Reuben B. Tomberlin]

-Mrs. Robert ROGERS, the wife of a well-to-do farmer of Mecklenburg county, was stamped to death by a horse last Friday…..

-Mr. Alonzo WINCHESTER, who went from this community to Texas several years ago, but who recently removed from that State to Arkansas, is reported as being in a very precarious condition with cancer of the face.


Tuesday, May 24, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mrs. J. C. WILLIAMS died at her home near Unionville Wednesday.  She leaves a husband and five children, the youngest one but a few days old.  She was a daughter of W. C. SIMPSON and was about 35 years old.  She was a member of the Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist church.

-The body of Henry JOHNSON, a colored man who formerly lived here, was brought here for burial last week, he having been killed in a wreck in Alabama.  He was a locomotive fireman, and his engine was thrown from the track by running over a cow, and both he and the engineer were killed.  He formerly fired for Mr. G. H. MEARES.

-Mr. B. F. HASTY died in Charlotte last Tuesday of appendicitis.  He was 54 years old and leaves a wife and several children.  He was a brother of the late Ex-Sheriff J. J. HASTY, and was the last man of that large family.  The body was taken to Marshville, the old home of the deceased, for burial.  Mr. HASTY had been living in Charlotte about two years.

-The Woodmen of the World, which erects a monument to every deceased member, has placed the order for a monument to the late J. E. WILHELM. 

-The Woodmen of the World of Waxhaw have erected a handsome monument at old Waxhaw Baptist church to the memory of the late Hugh W. BROOM, and unveiling ceremonies will be conducted there at 11 o’clock next Sunday.  Dr. S. R. BELK of Augusta, Ga., a native of this county and a brother-in-law of Mr. BROOM, will preach a memorial sermon.  Mr. J. L. WALKUP, chancellor commander of the camp, says that the public is most cordially invited to be present.

-Anson County News: Mr. W. R. DIGGS of Morven township, who lost his mind some time ago and was carried to the State Hospital at Raleigh, died at that institution Monday.  His remains were expressed to Lilesville Monday night, and Tuesday they were interred in the HENRY graveyard near that town.  Mr. DIGGS was a kind hearted, hard working man.  He is survived by a wife and several children.

-Anson County News: John LILES and Lucy MARSHALL, colored, were to have been married last week, but postponed the affair until after the funeral of John’s first wife, who is buried near Lilesville, was preached.  The funeral was preached Sunday, three preachers and a tremendous crowd of colored people for miles around being present.  The marriage took place Monday in the store of H. W. LITTLE and Co.

-Anson County News: Mr. R. T. HOWIE of Monroe and Miss Jessie B. INGRAM of Lilesville township were married on Wednesday night of last week, Rev. L. N. CHAPPELL performing the ceremony.  The marriage occurred at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. W. B. INGRAM.

-On the night of the 4th inst., while the people of Reuben were fast asleep, Mr. J. W. THOMAS stole quietly into the home of Mrs. Elizabeth GRIFFIN, and made good his escape with her daughter, Miss Ada.  They went at once to Esq. W. H. BROOKS’ and were married.

-Mrs. Della HALL, a half sister of Mrs. T. J. ALLISON, died at Salisbury Sunday.  She was a professional nurse and won especial distinction in the Spanish American war.

-Mrs. T. J. EZZELL of Poortith died last Thursday, after an illness that confined her to the bed for more than two years.  She was about fifty years old, and leaves a husband and five children.  Her neighbors say that she was one of the best women they ever saw.

-Mrs. Antonette BEASLEY left yesterday to see her mother at Wilmington, who was very sick.  A telegram this afternoon announced that the latter died last night. She was in her eighty-fifth year.  She used to visit Monroe quite often, but had not been here in several years.

-Mr. W. J. HORTON, a well known citizen of Lanes Creek township, died this morning.  He had been suffering with cancer for a long time.  The disease had gradually eaten away one side of his face, consuming one eye and finally eating into his throat.  He was a prominent man of his section.  His wife is also very sick.

-Mrs. Betsy AUSTIN of Waxhaw died last Saturday.  She was about 90 years old and was living with her eldest son, Mr. Green AUSTIN.  She was a widow of the late Coleman AUSTIN and is survived by four sons and two daughters and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She had been a member of the Baptist church for about 50 years and was greatly loved by all who knew her.  Funeral services were conducted at old Waxhaw church Sunday by her pastor, Rev. J. L. BENNETT, in the presence of a large congregation.

-A most distressing thing happened near Unionville last Friday night in the death of Annie, the 12 year old daughter of Mr. T. J.  PRICE, and the appalling circumstance which brought about this result.  The child was thought to have dropsy, and while sitting on the piazza in the afternoon, fell over in convulsions, from which she never recovered before death came at twelve o’clock that night.  When this attack came a doctor was called, and the parents first learned that a crime, which is known to the law as felony, had been committed upon the person of their child, and before she died another life had been brought into existence.  The child-mother gave no indication as to who the perpetrator of the crime was, and this seems now likely to forever be a mystery, and if son, the State’s prison will be cheated of its just deserts.  The occurrence itself is very unusual in medical history in this climate, if not altogether unequalled, particularly as the offspring is of ordinary size, living and doing well.  The State has recognized this law of nature by maintaining a statue declaring that before the age of fourteen years any violation whatever of virginity is criminal.

-Mr. W. W. WALSH of Monroe died of heart failure at the Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte at three o’clock last Sunday evening….  The body was brought home Sunday night and buried yesterday afternoon, funeral services being held at the house by Dr. ROWE, attended by a large gathering of friends.  The deceased was born in Marion county, S.C., Nov. 1, 1837, and was a son of Rev. T. R. WALSH of the South Carolina Conference.  Three brothers survive, Messrs. J. H. WALSH of Rockingham, Thomas WALSH of Charlotte and Michael WALSH of Chester.  The sisters are Mrs. Joseph McLAUGHLIN of Charlotte, Mrs. Fanny RAMSEY and Miss Mamie WALSH of Monroe, and Mrs. REID of Cheraw.  He was married to Miss Laura SPENCER of Marion county in February 1867, who with several children, all grown, survive him.  They moved to Monroe in 1870 and have lived here ever since.  Mr. WALSH was a Confederate soldier; he was a most kindly man in all the relations of life, and possessed to a marked degree the manners of a gentleman who made it a point to be pleasing and cheerful and kind to everybody.  He expressed himself as willing to die during his last illness. 


Tuesday, May 31, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Isaac Hilton BLAIR, another of our boys who work, is the one we are writing about this week, but like all others who know him, we shall call him “Ike,” for short.  Ike is both an industrious and frugal citizen, for he both works and saves. Newspapers and periodicals are his line.  Starting several years ago with Pennsylvania Grit, he has increased his list to some ten o twelve, making a specialty of the Saturday Evening Post and the Atlanta Journal….  This thing of rolling out of bed and taking a great pile of papers – 60 to 75 is now the number of Journals on the list, and it’s a big paper – and walking all over town before breakfast to deliver them, keeping up the collection at the same time and keeping the books straight, is enough to try the grit of a boy, and it does….[lengthy article]

-Boyce, the two-year-old son of Dr. A. D. N. WHITLEY of Unionville, died Monday of last week and was buried Tuesday at Beulah, in Lanes Creek township.

-Mrs. J. A. LANEY of Plains died last Thursday of pneumonia.  She was about 33 years old and leaves six children, all boys, and all of them under nine years of age.  She was a most excellent woman and a member of the Methodist church.

-Mr. W. J. HORTON, announcement of whose death appeared in The Journal last week, was about fifty years old.  He married Miss Eliza TERRELL, daughter of Mr. J. Massey TERRELL, of Monroe, and she, with five children, survives him.  He was a true man in every sense of the word, a man of great energy and industry, and he not only held the esteem and respect, but the affection of those who knew him.  He fought bravely and well the battle of life, which, by reason of his own affliction, and that of his wife, was particularly hard for him.  His body was buried at Philadelphia Baptist church on Wednesday.

-Thurlow, the one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. B. LANEY, died last night after an illness of five days of meningitis.  The body will be buried in Buford township this evening.  The parents have the sincere sympathy of many friends and neighbors in their affliction.

-The Daughters of the Confederacy will celebrate Jefferson DAVIS’ birthday June 3rd, at 10 o’clock a. m., in the court house.  Crosses of honor will at that time be bestowed on the veterans…

-Mr. Thos. STARNES of Buford township fell from the top to the bottom of a forty-foot well last Saturday, and is still alive.  His left thigh was broken in two places, his head was badly gashed, and other bruises were made about over his body…. [lengthy article]

-Last week The Journal copied from the Marshville Home an article recalling the poisoning of Mr. J. C. MARSH at Gilboa twenty years ago. Mr. J. G. BOYLIN, who was of the party, copies the same article and comments on it as follows: “The above reminiscence is of peculiar interest to the editor of the Messenger-Intelligencer.  It is an evidence of the rapid manner in which time passes with us after we have reached manhood, for notwithstanding he was of the party that was poisoned on the occasion above referred to, he can hardly realize that it has been so long ago.  The affair created a great deal of excitement.  We were living in Monroe at the time, and had gone to Mr. MARSH’S with a friend, J. Reese BLAIR, Esq., now of Troy.  The poison was in eggs served at breakfast.  The doctors had various opinions as to what sort of poison it was.  One thought it was arsenic, another strychnine, while others believed it to be corrosive sublimate.  Mr. BLAIR and a Miss PATTERSON, a half sister, we believe, of Mrs. MARSH, went out riding immediately after breakfast, and it being a Sunday morning the servants were also excused, leaving Mr. and Mrs. MARSH and the writer in the house alone.  Mr. MARSH was first taken sick and in a short time the writer was also violently attacked.  This was about 9 o’clock in the morning.  Mr. MARSH died about sunset and our own life hung in the balance for twenty-four hours.  Mrs. MARSH not having eaten any of the eggs, was not ill at all.  Miss PATTERSON and Mr. BLAIR were also made quite sick, but not as violently so as was Mr. MARSH and the writer.”  “Dr. GREEN, a brother-in-law of Mr. MARSH and father of the editor of Our Home, was the first physician to reach our bedsides.  Next came Dr. J. A. McRAE of White Store.  Later Drs. BLAIR, CROWELL and MONTGOMERY of Monroe arrived on the scene and did what they could to alleviate our sufferings.  All of these physicians, except Dr. McRAE, and he was the oldest of them, are now dead.”  “Mr. John C. MARSH, the gentleman who died, was a brother of Ed S. MARSH of this place.  He was a noble young man and was doing a great educational work in his neighborhood.  He had been married only a few months.”

-Marshville, May 30. – Married, at the residence of Mr. R. C. GRIFFIN, on Thursday afternoon, Mr. E. H. BIVENS of Monroe, son of Mr. E. J. BIVENS, to Miss Alice MARSH, daughter of Mr. J. D. MARSH….


Tuesday, June 7, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Vander JORDAN of Pine Tree, S. C., died Wednesday.  He was a good farmer, a member of Zion church and leaves a wife and one child.

-Miss Jennie EAGLE left last Thursday for the St. Louis Expedition.  She will spend the summer with her cousin, Governor EAGLE of Little Rock, Ark.

-Mr. E. A. JEROME of Wingate will celebrate his 81st birthday tomorrow….

-Mr. Frank KNIGHT of Plains, S. C., died Sunday morning.  He was 60 years old, a Confederate soldier, and a member of the Methodist church.  His wife and two children survive him.  His pastor, Rev. Mr. BAILEY, preached the funeral sermon at the house.  He was a good neighbor and one of the best members of Zion church.

-Miss Mattie Evans SCALES, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. SCALES, will be married on June 22nd to Mr. Evander Blue McNEIL of Raeford, Cumberland county.  The ceremony will occur at the home here at 8:15 in the morning…

-THE DAUGHTERS CELEBRATE – They Bestow Crosses Upon Old Soldiers and Decorate the Graves.  The newly organized chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy of Monroe celebrated the birthday of Jefferson DAVIS last Friday in the opera house.  The rostrum was most beautifully decorated with an abundance of flowers and with bunting and the banner of Camp WALKUP.  Prof. RAST was master of ceremonies and the program was opened with a most appropriate prayer by Dr. ROWE, and Messrs. RAST, LOCKHART, WELSH and BENTON sang.  

            Mr. R. B. REDWINE delivered a short address appropriate to the occasion. “We are met,” said he, “to pay our respects to the valor and bravery of the old soldiers of a Lost, but righteous Cause.”  In speaking of the motives that actuated the South to go to war, Mr. REDWINE laid down an eternal truth applicable alike to individuals as to nations- “No reward on this earth can repay for the surrender of a fixed principle.”

            Misses Maggie CROWELL and Ashe GADDY rendered some fine music with piano and violin, for which they were heartily cheered, and Miss Faye GADDY recited, “Furl that Banner.”

            Crosses were pinned upon the following old soldiers: J. W. FOWLER, J. F. GORDON, S. M. HOWIE, S. R. MOORE, T. B. McCORKLE and N. W. BROOM.  There are crosses on hand for J. G. DOSTER, P. A. PARKER, R. W. NORWOOD, J. C. LONG, C. A. HELMS and Thos. A. GRIFFIN, who were not present to receive them.  A good many more had applied for crosses, but there has not yet been sufficient time for them to be made and forwarded. 

            After the ceremony the ladies went to the cemetery and decorated the graves of the soldiers who were buried there.

-The county commissioners alone elect the cotton weigher at Wingate.  There were three candidates before them yesterday:  Messrs. E. L. MAY, present incumbent, and Messrs. Thos. EVANS and E. H. WILLIAMS.  The latter was appointed.

-Marriage in Lanes Creek.  Chesterfield, S. C., June 6. – At the residence of the bride, in Lanes Creek, on the evening of the 5th inst., Dr. D. R. PERKINS and Miss Alena STURDIVANT, were happily married, Rev. A. C. BAKER, officiating.  Dr. PERKINS is a native of South Carolina.  He has lately taken his degrees in medicine and located in the “Five Forks” section, where he is rapidly building up a large practice.  Miss STURDIVANT is both beautiful and accomplished and is deservedly popular.

-Mr. Bunion NANCE, who has been in the blind school at Raleigh, has returned home to spend vacation.  Mr. NANCE is a young man with noble qualities and will graduate in another year or two.

-Mr. Fenly FRANKLIN of Asheville and Miss Maggie TENNANT of Buford township were married at New Hope church on May 29th. [Note: Can’t locate marriage record for them in Union Co., NC]

-Prof. O. C. HAMILTON has bought the Union Institute property and will maintain a first class high school there…

-Mr. W. H. KRAUSS of Monroe is a veteran who was in the army only six months, but who, nevertheless, did valiant service for the Confederacy.  He came to this country from Germany when a lad, and was a miner by trade.  He worked for ten years for Commodore STOCKTON, who operated the HOWIE mine before the war, coming with him to this county from Virginia.  When the war broke out he promptly enlisted in the army, but the government had more important business for him.  He was sent to the iron mines that the government was maintaining in Gaston county.  Here he got from the ground the iron that the government was so sorely in need of.  Twice he tried to enlist to go to the front, but both times the superintendent reported that if he was taken the mine would have to stop.  So, Mr. KRAUSS’ services as miner were worth, perhaps, a hundred times what they would have been as soldier.

-Yorkville, S. C. Enquirer - A four-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. LUCES, who live in the Tavora mill quarter of Yorkville, died last Sunday afternoon as the result of over indulgence in whiskey….


Tuesday, June 14, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Starr MOORE, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. MOORE of Rock Hill, met a sad death by drowning in the Catawba river, near GARRISON’s Mill, last Saturday evening while in swimming with his friend, Herman WHIT [sic: WHITE], who was evidently a very much better swimmer than MOORE…. [lengthy article]

-Mr. Edward SPIVEY and Miss Lou BAKER, both of Lanes Creek township, were married last Wednesday, Rev. J. A. BIVENS officiating.

-Announcement has been made of the marriage Mr. F. H. WOLFE, cashier of the Savings, Loan and Trust Company, and Miss Flossie PRICE, daughter of ex-Sheriff A. J. PRICE of Wardlaw.  The happy event is to occur on the 21st. [Note: Union Co, NC marriage records show the following: E. Florence Price, age 26, daughter of A. J. & Amelia, to F. H. Wolfe, age 44, son of H. J. and C. E., on June 21, 1904]

-Mr. Wiley TADLOCK, an old soldier, of Lanes Creek died last Wednesday from the effect of a wound received ten days previously while using a harrow.  The harrow struck an obstruction, and the handle hit him violently in the side.  He was about sixty-five years old.

-Mr. Alonzo WINCHESTER, formerly of this county, died at his home at Allbrook, Ark., on the 5th inst., of cancer, at the age of 52 years.  He moved from Mineral Springs to Arkansas several years ago, and was a good citizen.  He was a son of Wm. E. WINCHESTER.

-Lex BIGGERS, the little son of Mr. E. R. BIGGERS of Unionville, died Saturday morning at five o’clock.  He had been sick since before Christmas and suffered a great deal.  The little fellow was a bout 12 years old.  The body was buried at Hopewell Sunday.

-Mr. R. E. BIGGERS, who lived across the Union line in Mecklenburg near Clear Creek church, lost his life last Friday.  On taking out his mule from the plow at twelve o’clock, he got on it to go to the houses, leaving the gear on.  The mule became frightened and threw him.  His feet became tangled in the harness and he was dragged to death.  Mr. BIGGERS was about 55 years of age and leaves a wife and several children.  He was a cousin of Mr. A. W. BIGGERS of Monroe.

-The little child of Rev. T. A. SIKES of Charlotte, 17 months old, died yesterday.  Mrs. H. PRESLAR, Mrs. SIKES’ sister, went up this morning.

-Mrs. C. A. PLYLER of Lancaster county died Sunday in the hospital for the insane at Columbia.  The body was brought home and buried at Tabernacle today.

-Mrs. C. T. CADIEU left Sunday for Columbia to see her father, who is very sick.

-Mrs. Martha WYATT [note: HYATT], mother of Mrs. J. L. RODMAN of Waxhaw, died at her home at Van Wyck on the 4th.  She was 70 years of age.

-Mr. C. L. GAMBLE of Waxhaw was married last Wednesday to Miss Bessie YANDLE, daughter of Mr. J. P. YANDLE of Chester.  The marriage occurred at Chester.  The couple will live at Waxhaw.

-Cards have been received here announcing the marriage of Miss Miriam STAMPS to Mr. Clarence E. HOUSTON, on Wednesday evening, June 22nd, at half after six o’clock, in the Presbyterian church at Raleigh.

-Mrs. E. J. KENNEDY died at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. Zebulon RAPE, in west Monroe township, on the 4th.  She was about 65 years old and was a good woman.  She had been for many years a faithful member of the Baptist church.  She came here from Richmond county and lived in Monroe for some time.

-A lodge of Rebekahs, the woman’s adjunct to the Odd Fellows, was organized here Thursday night with 45 members, and the following officers were elected: Miss Allie WELSH, noble grand; Miss Faye GADDY, vice grand; Miss Kate LANEY, recording secretary; Miss Ola BRUNER, financial secretary; Mrs. J. C. SMITH, treasurer.  Any unmarried woman over 18 years of age may become a member of the order, but only such married women whose husbands are Odd Fellows.  The Rebekahs take one degree of the order.


Tuesday, June 21, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Marshville - Mrs. G. A. MARSH received a message this morning announcing the death of her brother, Mr. Tom HOUGH.  Mrs. MARSH left for Landsford today, the home of the deceased.

-Olive Branch – Mrs. Mollie THOMAS of Burnsville died June 5th.

-Mr. James CURLEE of Texas is visiting his father, Mr. O. C. CURLEE.

-Miss Lizzie Graham BRYANT, sister of Mrs. Annie BARR of Monroe, died in Durham on Monday, 13th inst.

-The Gloucester, a hotel that has been very popular here for several years under different managements, was ruined by fire before day Sunday morning…. [lengthy article]

-Mr. Frank H. WOLFE will be married at 8 o’clock this evening to Miss Florence PRICE.  The ceremony will occur at the residence of the bride’s father, ex-Sheriff A. J. PRICE, at Wardlaw, and Rev. H. M. HOYLE will officiate….

-Cards are out announcing the marriage of Mr. Jas. T. GRIFFITH and Miss Kate RUDGE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. RUDGE, in the Presbyterian church on June 29th, at 8 o’clock p.m.


Tuesday, June 28, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Brief – Walter HOUGH, who shot and killed George HARTSELL, has had a preliminary trial.  HOUGH claims self-defense and he was bound to court in a bond of $200.  He gave the bond and is out now.  HOUGH is a grandson of Arlenia BASS.

-Mr. C. W. GAYLE, father of Mrs. C. T. CADIEU of Monroe, died at his home in Columbia, S.C., last night and will be buried at Cheraw tomorrow.

-Mr. Robert BELK, son of Commissioner S. E. BELK of Lanes Creek, was married to Miss Mattie PERRY of Wingate, daughter of Mr. T. J. PERRY, last Wednesday….


-Death of Mr. D. Mc. PRICE.  Mr. D. McPRICE (sic), one of the oldest men of the county, died at his home near Unionville Sunday night at half past ten o’clock.  Mr. PRICE had been a remarkably strong man all his life till a few years ago, when he began to break.  In January, 1903, he had a stroke of paralysis, and from it he never recovered, lying for nearly a year and a half in this condition.  The funeral was conducted by Dr. J. C. ROWE yesterday afternoon and the body buried at the PRESSON graveyard.  Fifty two years ago Mr. PRICE and his young wife settled on the very farm where he died.  Here they spent more than half a century of their married life and reared their large family of children.  The good wife yet survives.  The children are Messrs. D. A. and N. C. PRICE of this county, and Hon. J. R. PRICE of Albemarle, and Mrs. E. J. GRIFFIN, Mrs. A. A. SECREST, Mrs. M. M. SMITH, Mrs. D. T. BOGER and Mrs. Oscar LITTLE.  Mr. PRICE was a hard working, honest man. 

-Marshville – Mr. Andrew BASS died at his home here last Tuesday morning aged about 68 years.  His remains were carried to Smyrna church for burial.  Mr. BASS was a good citizen and his sudden death was a shock to his many friends.  His only son, Mr. Hamp BASS of Anderson, S. C., arrived a few hours before his father’s death.


Tuesday, July 5, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Saturday morning, June 11th, at, 4:30 o’clock, a kind and heavenly father called to his eternal home our little beloved friend, Alexis DeWit BIGGERS, the ten-year-old son of Mr. E. R. and Mrs. E. J. BIGGERS of Unionville.  Alexis had been sick for seven months and death did not come to him unexpectedly.  He bore his sickness and suffering with great patience and fortitude, and often in his childish manner remarked to his parents that he loved the Lord and that it would not be long till he would be asleep with Jesus… [lengthy eulogy]

-Old Man Kills Himself – The body of Mr. Jesse BALDWIN of Rockingham was found dead in a pond Friday.  Mr. BALDWIN was more than sixty years old.  His wife was an invalid and he was disappointed concerning a son who had not done well, and he decided that he had rather die than continue an unhappy life.  He first took a bottle of laudanum, but uncertain as to whether that would have the desired effect, he drowned himself.  He left his hat upon the bank in plain view, as if to tell the world of his decease.

-Mrs. Francis RAMSEY announces the marriage of her daughter Claire to Mr. Charles Maurice REDFEARN Thursday evening, July 19, at 8 o’clock.

-Mr. James CURLEE returned to Texas yesterday after spending a month with relatives.  He has been in Texas nine years and this was his first visit home.  Miss Nellie CURLEE, who had also been visiting her father, returned to Union, S.C.

-Mr. J. M. STARNES and his father, Mr. J. G. STARNES of Buford, both lost their babies last week.  Lois Marie, the little daughter of the former, eight months old, died Saturday, and one of the twins of the latter died Thursday night and the other died Saturday night.  They were but a few months old.

-News has been received here that Oscar STURDIVANT, son of Mr. J. N. STURDIVANT of Lanes Creek township, was stabbed Friday night in Columbus, Ga., by a man named EVERETT, and died in the hospital there early Sunday morning.  It seems that the wound was in the neck, the cords and leaders leading to the spinal column being severed and paralysis resulting.  Mr. H. E. STURDIVANT, a brother of the deceased, has gone to Columbus and left with the body for home yesterday.  He is expected to arrive tonight.  The young man was traveling.  The particulars of the difficulties have been unobtainable so far.

-Mrs. Florence HOUSTON PHIFER, wife of Mr. W. B. PHIFER of Gainesville, Fla., died yesterday afternoon at four o’clock, at her home.  Mrs. PHIFER was a daughter of the late B. F. HOUSTON of Monroe, and at her bedside at the time of her death were her mother, and sister, Mrs. R. REDFEARN of Monroe, and her brother, Dr. W. C. HOUSTON of Concord.  Death was caused by blood poisoning.  Four children, the youngest four weeks old, and her husband survive her.  The body will be buried today at Florida.  To the many friends of her childhood and youth, the death of Mrs. PHIFER will be a great shock.  She was 34 years old, and had been married about fourteen years.  Since her marriage she had resided in Florida, but paid frequent visits to her relatives here.  She was a most earnest and active member of the Methodist church.

-Tom HURT, a local figure here since the war, died at one o’clock yesterday morning in his little house a few miles east of town.  He was in his younger days a fine mechanic, but it’s no unkindness to his memory to say that whiskey ruined him.  In latter years he became helpless, but despite the degradation that Tom brought upon himself, there was a spark of something in that old breast that challenged the respect of men.  That something would have made Tom HURT a man a little out of the ordinary had not the enemies that were stronger than his real self got hold of him in his young days and choked out all the better things.  To the last he held self respect, as he understood it, and on that account persistently refused to live in the county home, but passed a miserable existence with his faithful female companion out in the little shanty in the country.  He did harm, poor fellow, only to himself. [Note: Union Co. marriage records show that Thomas Hurt married Susan Shaver on Apr 27, 1877.]

-The following Masonic officers have been installed by Past Master J. E. STEWART: Jas. A. STEWART, W. M.; R. W. LEMMOND, S. W.; L. H. THOMPSON, J. W.; Rufus ARMFIELD, S. D.; C. L. YOUNGBLOOD, J. D.; T. C. LEE, Treas.; W. C. CROWELL, Sec.; S. H. GREEN, S.; J. C. FOARD, S.; J. W. RUDGE, T.

-Uncle Solomon NANCE, an old darkey of Marshville township, was here Thursday.  He says this town has grown plum out of his knowledge, that he “hope make it and now don’t know it.”  Uncle Sol is a carpenter and says he helped build “Mr. Tommy WINCHESTER’S house,” which sat where the Methodist church now stands, and was built years before the war.  He can read and write and says he is 84 or 85.

-One of the prettiest weddings that Monroe has had for a long time was that of Mr. James T. GRIFFITH to Miss Kate RUDGE, last Wednesday evening, at the Presbyterian church, at 8 o’clock, Rev. G. H. ATKINSON officiating…..  Mr. GRIFFIN [sic] is one of the best liked young men in town.  He came here about two years ago, to take a position as traveling salesman for the Heath-Lee Hardware Company, and is a native of Thomasville.  He is jovial, amiable, and therefore popular.  Mrs. GRIFFITH is the daughter of Mr. J. W. RUDGE, and stands foremost among Monroe’s young ladies for beauty and accomplishments, and is very popular with all who know her.  The couple left for Jackson Springs to spend the honeymoon.


Tuesday, July 12, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-‘Squire William Oleander BAILES of South Carolina is a citizen who ought to be suppressed.  He lives just over the State line below Pineville, and his business is to induce as many people as possible to run away from North Carolina and be married by him.  He sends out cards making boasts of how many he has married.  The other day a school girl of Charlotte, 16 years old, and a school boy 18, went to him and were married, and for days their parents were ignorant of it.  The girl’s mother, who is a widow, was prostrated at the news.  Of course, a lot of people who should not do so would get married even if this old sinner did not exist, but it is certain that he greatly helps on the bad work.

-Attorney J. Waites SMITH of Troy, while crossing the high bridge of the Charlotte and Durham railroad, 3 miles from Troy, Monday of last week fell.  His limbs were so badly broken and his body so bruised that death must have resulted instantly.  The bridge is 90 feet high at the highest point, and where Mr. SMITH fell was 70 feet high.

-The Stanly Enterprise says that Mr. B. H. KIRK, a native of Stanly, is judge advocate of the Sons of Veterans in the South.  Mr. KIRK has recently returned from an extended trip to London and other points in England, where he represented clients in the mining business.  He is now living at St. Louis.  His Stanly friends will hear of his success with much pleasure.

-Mention was made last week of the killing of Mr. G. O. STURDIVANT of this county at Columbus, Ga., on the night of the first by a man named EVERETT.  Both were traveling for the book publishing house of Collier & Son, the former as a salesman and the latter as collector.  A quarrel arose between them over a remark Mr. STURDIVANT made about EVERETT’S negligence of duty, and without many words, EVERETT stabbed STURDIVANT in the neck.  EVERETT is 22 years old and married.  He was arrested and put in jail.  Mr. J. P. STURDIVANT, who went to Columbus for his brother’s body, arrived with it Wednesday night and it was buried last Thursday at the RUSHING grave yard.  The deceased was 25 years old, and by those who knew him regarded as an exceptionally fine young man.


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-Mr. R. F. KRIMMINGER of Lanes Creek, who was in town Saturday, reports that in his community there are eight cases of typhoid fever in a mile square.  Mrs. J. C. BAKER died on the 9th of June, and her mother on the 29th.  Mr. KRIMMINGER says crops are fine in his section, and but for the sickness everybody would be happy.

-Marshville – There is considerable sickness in this community at present.  There have been seven cases of fever at Mrs. BAKER’s recently.  But the disease took its worse form in the family of Mr. J. C. BAKER, he having lost both his wife and mother-in-law who lived with him.

-[Lengthy tribute to Mr. G. O. STURDIVANT]

-Miss Isabella MORRIS and Miss Lula BLAKENEY of Alabama are visiting their uncle, Mr. John C. BLAKENEY.

-Mr. Ervin STACK has gone to Newport News, Va., to work in the electrical department of the navy yard.

-Whiteford Nelson, the six weeks old infant of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. STACK, died at five o’clock this morning.  The little body will be buried this evening at five o’clock.

-At special meeting held Monday the following officers were elected for the ensuing year by the Woodsmen of the World: B. F. HOUSTON, Con. Com.; E. W. CROW, Adv. Lieut.; J. E. McCARTEN, Clerk; W. A. BENTON, Banker; G. A. SPRINKLE, Escort; A. J. GREEN, Watchman; J. E. EFIRD, Secretary; Dr. J. M. BLAIR, Physician.  All members are requested to attend a special meeting on Thursday evening of this week.

-The following officers have been installed by the Knights of Pythias for the ensuing year: S. H. GREEN, chancellor commander; Rev. G. H. ATKINSON, prelate; A. J. GREEN, vice-chancellor; C. N. SIMPSON, Jr., keeper of R. & S.; J. E. McCARTEN, master at arms; H. B. ADAMS, master of exchequer; L. H. THOMPSON, master of finance; F. M. BOYETTE, inside guard; J. H. MYERS, outside guard.

-The Gainesville, Fla., Star, published at the home of the late Mrs. W. B. PHIFER, pays this beautiful and sincere tribute to her memory: “Florence HOUSTON was born in Union county, N. C., July 24, 1870, and died in Gainesville July 4, 1904, aged 34 years and 20 days.  Her parents moved to Monroe when Florence was a small child, where she grew up into beautiful womanhood.  She was educated in Greensboro, N. C., and while a student in college became a member of the Methodist church.  She and Mr. W. B. PHIFER were most happily married September 10, 1890, and came to Florida and made their home at Rochelle, until they came to Gainesville about four years ago. 

            “Mrs. PHIFER was a most excellent woman, one of the best in our city.  Those who knew her most intimately prized her most highly.  It is not every community that is blessed with a character so rare as hers.  She was one of the queens of earth, whose life and character entitled her to a crown of enduring beauty and glory.  Highly educated, refined, loving and loyal, intellectual and religious, she presented a beautiful combination of rare elements of character that one seldom sees.

            “As a mother she was one of the best.  Her children received a mother’s welcome and a mother’s kind and thoughtful attention.  She believed that a mother could not turn over the rearing of children to others while she passed her time in fashionable living.  The world needs more mothers of her type.

            “Her christian life was regular, true and pure.  She lived as a follower of her Master should.  Her religious convictions gave color to her entire life.  She did not make religion a cloak of seeming respectability, but it was a first principle and controlling power in her life.  The church of which she was a member will miss her effective service which she so gladly and cheerfully rendered.

            “Gainesville has lost a gifted woman; the church, a godly member; her husband, a loving, devoted wife; her children, a true mother; her family, a loving sister, and her friends, a trusted and high minded associate.  The sympathy of the entire community will be generally given to the bereaved relatives of the deceased.”

            And the Daily Sun of the same place has the following:

            “The funeral was conducted from Kavanaugh Methodist church at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. J. CARPENTER, officiating.  The Home Mission Society of the Methodist church, of which deceased was president for two years, assembled at the residence and preceded the remains to the church, where a large circle of friends were in waiting to pay their last respects to their departed friend.

            “In his remarks, Mr. CARPENTER was most impressive, paying a beautiful tribute to the life and work of the deceased.  The ceremony was a touching one, and there were few dry eyes in the congregation at the close.

            “A large number of friends accompanied the remains to Evergreen cemetery, where the interment was held and the service concluded.  The pall bearers were Messrs. J. M. DELL, W. L. FLOYD, L. W. FENNELL, N. K. FAGAN, Ferdinand BAYER and W. R. McKINSTRY.  The floral decorations were as beautiful and fragrant as they were elaborate, and came as last tokens of love and esteem.”


Tuesday, July 19, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mrs. Gatsie REYNOLDSGatsie PHILLIPS, daughter of Randall and Pollie PHILLIPS, was born in the year 1826, in the Macedonia neighborhood.  She was born again by the spirit of God in the year 1861, and united with the Baptist church, and was baptized by Rev. A. L. STOUGH, who left the pastorate of the Monroe church the same year to join the Confederate army.  She was twice married, the first time to Elijah PRESLAR in the 17th year of her age.  To this union nine children were born – James Madison, Mary Elizabeth, George Washington, Culwell, Martha, Bryant, William, Leander, Robert – all now living except George, Martha and Culwell, who preceded their mother to the spirit land.

            In 1865, her first husband, with whom she had lived happily for 22 years, laid down life’s burden forever, and left to her the great responsibility of looking after the affairs of the home and meeting the ever-growing demands of the children.  After eight years of widowhood, she again married, this time to T. R. REYNOLDS, with whom she journeyed for 25 years.  To this union, one child, Susannah, now Mrs. McCORCLE [McCorkle?], was born, who still survives.  In 1898, Mr. REYNOLDS died, leaving her a widow the second time, and for the six intervening years she made her home with her youngest child, Mrs. McCORCLE.  After a protracted illness, she fell on sleep Tuesday afternoon, July 11th, at five o’clock, and her funeral was conducted from the home of her son, Mr. Leander PRESLAR, where her last illness occurred. 

            For forty-three years she was a member of the Monroe Baptist church and walked in the integrity of her christian character.  A good woman has gone to her reward.

-Mr. Braxton PHIFER of Arkansas is at home to spend some time with his relatives.

-Esq. D. C. MONTGOMERY of Buford, while plowing in his field the other day, turned up a piece of hard clay in which were imbedded 125 Indian arrow heads.  They were closely placed together, and no doubt were the valuable implements of a big warrior.

-Capt. E. MONTZ, the widely known superintendent of the Haile gold mine in Chesterfield county, died Wednesday.  Capt. MONTZ came to this section from Pennsylvania nearly twenty-five years ago.  He was 69 years old and leaves a wife and six children.  The body was brought here for embalming by Mr. T. P. DILLON and then shipped to Pennsylvania.

-Mr. Joel T. BREWER died at his home in Monroe last Thursday.  He had been complaining some, but didn’t get sick enough to go to bed until the 6th.  Heart disease was the cause of death.  The funeral was conducted at the home by Dr. ROWE on Friday.  Mr. BREWER was born in Chesterfield county February 17, 1855.  He came to Monroe in 1875, and on January 27, 1881, was married to Miss Lizzie SHUTE, daughter of the late John SHUTE.  Mrs. BREWER, with six children, survives her husband.  Mr. BREWER was not a member of any church, but he was an honest man, who followed the golden rule of do unto others as you would have them do to you.  He lived a quiet life and attended strictly to his duties.  He once did a mercantile business, but in later years was a valuable employee of the SHUTE Bros.

-It was stated in The Journal last week that Mr. and Mrs. J. A. STEWART had gone to Rutherfordton in the hope of benefiting the health of their little girl, Louisa.  The change was of no avail, and the little sufferer passed away Friday morning.  The remains were brought home and buried on Saturday morning, the funeral being conducted by Dr. ROWE at the residence of Mrs. J. M. STEWART.  Little Louisa was only 16 months old, and had been a constant sufferer nearly all of her short life.  The greatest effort was made by the young parents to bring the bloom of health to the little cheeks, but no such happiness could be brought about, and the little bud has gone to blossom in another world.

-Mr. C. M. REDFEARN and Miss Claire RAMSEY will be married at the residence of Mrs. RAMSEY this evening….

-Mr. H. L. GRIFFIN of Marshville township died last night of typhoid fever.  He was 50 years old, and is survived by his wife, eight children and several grandchildren.  Mr. GRIFFIN was a good citizen.  He moved to this county from Anson several years ago.

-Miss Ethel CROWELL of Tampa, Fla., is visiting her father, Mr. James A. CROWELL.


Tuesday, July 26, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Family Reunion – There was a family reunion at Mr. Hiram HELMS’, two miles above Monroe, Thursday, 14th.  Mr. and Mrs. HELMS are fast approaching their three-score and ten years.  Mr. HELMS is 69 and Mrs. HELMS is 66.  They have been married 50 years and are the parents of 12 children, eight boys and four girls, four of whom are dead.  The living are Messrs. Crawford, Marshal, George, Calvin and Bradley HELMS, and Mesdames J. M. HELMS, J. D. PRESLAR and S. D. MARTIN.  There are thirty-two grandchildren, seven of whom are dead, and five great-grandchildren, all of them living.  All of the descendants were present except one son and family, who were unavoidably detained.  Rev. J. E. WILLIAMS preached at 11 o’clock, after which the ladies brought out well filled baskets and called on James A. WILLIAMS and the writer to prepare the table.  This was done to the queen’s taste.  Mr. T. N. HALE, the general photographer of Monroe, was with us and took several “shots.”  We had a grand old time, and it is a day that will be remembered by all present. Grandchild.

-Mr. Robert S. WINCHESTER of Waco, Tex., sent his niece, Miss Lenna HOWIE, a canary bird a few days ago.   She is very much pleased with the present.

-Upper Goose Creek, Brief: Mr. Will CLONTZ is a hustler.  On last Saturday night he went to Mr. Joseph WADKINS’ and stole about one hundred pounds and went to South Carolina.  He was married there and returned on Monday morning with his prize.  Mr. WADKINS called him over the ‘phone and invited him back.  They returned and stayed all night and helped “pap” thresh his wheat.

-Miss Anna PATTERSON of Waxhaw was the victim of a most unfortunate accident a few days ago.  She was playing with some children at Mr. H. F. BIVENS’, where she boards, when one of them accidentally hit her in the eye with a small bit of taffy candy.  She suffered great pain, and finally consulted a specialist in Charlotte, who discovered that the sight was entirely destroyed.

-Mrs. Telitha TOMBERLIN, mother of Mr. J. M. TOMBERLIN of Indian Trail, died at the home of her stepson, Mr. W. L. TOMBERLIN, in Sandy Ridge township, last Tuesday.  She was the widow of Reuben TOMBERLIN, who died some years ago at the age of 92.  Mrs. TOMBERLIN was 94 years old.  Since the death of her husband she has been living with her children or other relatives, and was always welcomed among them and much respected.  She was the last of the set of the old SECREST family, being a sister of Samuel, Abram and Ephraim SECREST.  She was first married to a man named ROGERS, and was left a widow with five children without any means whatever.  She reared them all and they all received good educations for the times.  Two of her sons gave their lives to the South on the battlefield and the other left an arm there.


Tuesday, August 2, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Reuben – Last Sunday was a good day for weddings in this section.  Mr. Thomas MOORE and Mrs. Unettie BRYANT, and Mr. Julian BROOKS and Miss Sadaria JAMES were united in matrimony by W. H. BROOKS, Esq.  Mr. John TURNER and Miss Jennie ALLEN, and Mr. J. T. BROADAWAY and Miss Nora PARKER of Anson were also married on Sunday.

-Waxhaw – Married, on July 27th, at the residence of Mr. Robert FLOW, the bride’s father, Mr. J. E. BIGHAM and Miss Mattie FLOW… After the marriage a reception was given at Mr. J. N. BIGHAM’S, the groom’s father….

-Mrs. S. W. YOUNG of Little Mountain, S. C., is visiting her sister, Mrs. C. B. BARRIER.

-Mrs. Nellie LOWDER and Clarence CARPENTER, both of Ansonville township, after failing to get a license at Wadesboro, went to South Carolina a few days ago and were married.  Mrs. LOWDER is 31 years of age and has four children.  CARPENTER is a youth of 17 years.

-Mr. J. W. MEDLIN of Marshville township died last Wednesday of Bright’s disease and was buried at Gilboa.  He was 49 years old and leaves a wife and ten children.  A relative of Mr. MEDLIN’S tells The Journal that the neighbors of the deceased were the best and most attentive to the sick man he ever saw, and says their kindness will never be forgotten.

-Mrs. Jane FAULKNER, mother of Messrs. J. D. and E. G. FAULKNER of Monroe, and Mrs. W. F. ROBINSON of COBURN’S Store, died at the home of her daughter-in-law in Charlotte on the 25th of July.  She was 69 years old and a most earnest member of the Presbyterian church.  The Charlotte News says “she will be largely missed not only by her own immediate relatives, but by a large circle of friends in the city and country.”  All her children were at her bedside when she died.

-Mrs. Pauline BROOKS, wife of Dr. J. R. BROOKS, died in Louisburg Friday night.  Mrs. BROOKS lived in Monroe for a short while when Dr. BROOKS was the presiding elder of this district, and has many warm friends and admirers here.  The Raleigh Post says: “She was the daughter of the late Maj. D. S. HILL of Louisburg, and was a christian woman of the sweetest, purest character.  For many years she has been a leading spirit in every good work among the Methodist women of North Carolina.  Her husband has been a consecrated and faithful member of the North Carolina Conference and she has nobly upheld his hands.  She leaves no children, but three brothers, Dr. Charles G. HILL, Mr. D. S. HILL and Mr. W. H. HILL, all of Baltimore, and four sisters, Mrs. W. S. STARK of Oxford, Mrs. Carrie H. PAINTER of Baltimore, Mrs. W. E. BEST of Wayne county and Mrs. Garland JONES of Raleigh survive her.”

-Mrs. Jennie EZZELL, daughter of the late J. J. HASTY, died here Saturday night.  The remains were buried Sunday, funeral service being held by Rev. Mr. ATKINSON at the home of Mr. J. S. HASTY.  Mrs. EZZELL was 50 years of age and since leaving Monroe several years ago, lived in Charlotte.

-Mr. D. F. McMANUS was married to Miss Tirzah BIGGERS, both of Goose Creek township, last Sunday.  ‘Squire A. J. FURR officiated, at Union Grove church.

-Mrs. LANEY and children will leave tomorrow morning for South Carolina to visit her parents, Mayor and Mrs. R. M. GAFFNEY, in Gaffney.

-It is with sadness we chronicle the death of Mrs. J. D. GODFREY, nee Miss Della STARNES.  She was born December 2, 1870, died July 29, 1904.  She was a consistent member of Waxhaw Baptist church for sixteen years, was an affectionate wife, a kind mother, a good neighbor, a faithful church member, and was held in high esteem by those who knew her.  In her death the church has lost a zealous, useful and faithful member.  She leaves a husband, five children and a number of relatives to mourn their loss.  We tender our sympathy to them in this their hour of trouble and affliction, and commend them to the care of a gracious Heavenly Father.  J. W. ROWELL.


Tuesday, August 9, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Wesley Chapel – Mrs. Fannie CLARKE of Wolfsville spent last Sunday with her father, Mr. J. M. PRICE.

-Mr. Henry BROWN of Chadbourn is spending some time with his brother, Mr. T. B. BROWN.

-Miss Mary PUERFOY, who has many friends here, having been with Mrs. A. LEVY last year, will be married tomorrow week to Mr. John BREWER of Wake Forest.

-Mrs. John B. COBLE, who has been spending several weeks with her mother, Mrs. J. W. RUDGE, returned to her home in Abbeville this morning.

-Dr. Thomas CRAIG, colored, has hung out his shingle in Monroe and offers his services to his race as a physician.  Tom used to be a well known character in colored politics about Monroe and Waxhaw, but he says he wants all his white friends to understand that he has quit that business, and has been studying medicine hard for five years, and that he graduated from the head of his class in Knoxville, Tenn., and has license from the State board of North Carolina.  Tom is delighted with his prospects here.  He had been here about three weeks and says he is getting a good deal of work.  He and Dr. MASSEY, the other colored doctor, will spend one day each every week in Waxhaw.

-The descendants of Mrs. Martha WILLIAMS, widow of James C. WILLIAMS, will meet at her home in east Monroe township on Thursday in honor of her 80th birthday.  There are eleven sons and daughters, and nearly one hundred and fifty grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  All the sons and daughters have families of their own, and this meeting under the family roof tree must indeed prove to be a most pleasant occasion.  And of them all, none can be more happy than the good old lady who has lived to see all her sons and daughters grow up and take their places as upright, honorable and useful members of society.

-Mr. J. F. PRESLEY of Vance township and Miss Tela HASTY of Goose Creek township were married, at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. H. W. HASTY, in Goose Creek township, on the 7th inst.  Esq. A. J. FURR officiated.

-Court adjourned late Saturday afternoon.  The most important case was that against Sam N. FOARD and his sister, Mrs. Elizabeth MORGAN, charged with burning a barn and an unoccupied house of Mr. Henry DRY, who moved from Goose Creek township to Texas about ten years ago.  Mrs. MORGAN is the widow of John E. MORGAN, who died a few months ago.  At this time Luther MEDLIN, one of the men implicated, made a confession.  He said that MORGAN and his wife hired him and FOARD to do the burning, and paid them three gallons of liquor for doing the job.  From the fact that, he had “turned State’s evidence,” MEDLIN was not prosecuted.  MEDLIN’S story was that a tenant who lived on MORGAN’S place was going to move into the house on the DRY farm and become the latter’s tenant. That MORGAN wanted this house burned. He had his wife to offer three gallons of liquor to MEDLIN and FOARD to do the burning.  MORGAN left the day before for Stanly county and Mrs. MORGAN went to spend the night with her brother, Sam FOARD.  She saw them go to bed together, in order that she might so swear should occasion require.  They afterwards got up, rode MORGAN’S mules to the DRY farm and did the burning.  Mrs. MORGAN denied MEDLIN’S story.  She admitted that her husband went to Stanly, that she went to her brother’s and saw him and MEDLIN go to bed, but denied the balance.  The jury found a verdict of guilty, but recommended mercy.  The Judge said that the law would not let him give FOARD less than five years in the penitentiary, but as to the woman, he had more discretion, and would sentence her to four years in the State’s prison.  The attorney’s for both appealed to the Supreme Court.  Mrs. MORGAN has five children, the youngest 8 years old.  She is herself 47.  MORGAN himself was, of course, the principal defendant so long as he lived.  The other cases disposed of are as follows: Isham GURLEY, assault and battery; C. C. BELK, removing crop; Henry PORTER, larceny; Tom McCOY, larceny; Andy THOMPSON, larceny; nol. pros. with leave.  John EDWARDS, selling liquor; nol. pros.  Frank EZZELL, assault and battery with deadly weapon; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Charles L. DAVIS, keeping liquor for unlawful sale; fined $50 and costs.  Clarence STEVENS, assault and battery with deadly weapon; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Luther and Steve WILLIAMS, colored, assault and battery with deadly weapon; judgment suspended on payment of costs.   W. H. SCOTT, carrying concealed weapon; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Jim ROSE, selling liquor; not guilty.  W. Tebe KIZER, assault and battery with deadly weapon; guilty, judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Gus BROOKS, carrying concealed weapon; not guilty.  Will CUTHBERTSON and Horace CROWELL, affray; fined 5 cents each and one-half the costs.  Bob BLACKMAN, keeping liquor for unlawful sale; not guilty.  Tom SIKES, keeping liquor for unlawful sale; 3 months on chain gang.  Tom SIKES,  stealing ride on train; not guilty.  Horace ALLEN, larceny; 12 months on chain gang.  Wallace NELSON, burning barn; not guilty.  R. B. ROSS, abandonment; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  D. BROOKS, carrying concealed weapons; 6 months on county roads, to be discharged on payment of $50 and costs of action.  Cora HORN, assault with deadly weapon; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Luther GREEN, larceny; 12 months on county roads.  Tom SIKES, gambling; 12 months on county roads.  Almond DAVIS, gambling; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Jack PERRY and Will STARNES, gambling; 12 months on county roads.  William and Viney FUNDERBURK, larceny; not guilty.  Will TAYLOR, assault with deadly weapon; 12 months on county roads.  R. A. McRORIE and J. F. GORDON, affray; judgment suspended on payment of costs.  Anderson DAVIS, breaking into HEATH Company’s and WALKUP’S stores at Waxhaw; 9 years and 3 months on county roads.  Frank JACKSON, charged with implication in same offence, not guilty.  Caroline SMITH, larceny and receiving; nol. pros. with leave.  Della PHIFER, larceny; 12 months in county jail with leave to hire out.  Frank PERRY, concealed weapons; not guilty.


Friday, August 12, 1904, THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION (Atlanta, Georgia)

-Miners Meet Sudden Death From Torrent – Eight Men Are Drowned by the Flooding of Gold Mine – Nine Men In Shaft When the Pond Broke – Salisbury, N.C., August 11. – Information was received here tonight that the BARRINGER gold mine, located near Gold Hill, Rowan County, North Carolina, was suddenly flooded with water late this afternoon, causing the instant death of eight men employed in the mine.  The dead are: Will CANUP, Will STIREWALT, Joseph MAGRUM, Bob DeBERRY, Sam PRICE and three others whose names are unobtainable.  Nine men were in the mine shaft when a large pond located near the entrance to the mine suddenly broke loose, the breakage being caused by excessive rains, the waters rushing in terrific and deadly force to a depth of 100 feet upon the men, who were powerless to save themselves.  Thomas MOYLE, manager of the plant, was the only one to escape death.  The mine is filled with water tonight and none of the dead bodies have yet been recovered.  An unusual downpour of rain is reported in the vicinity of the mine this afternoon, much damage being done to the property.  The flooded mine is the property of the WHITNEY Reduction Company, of Salisbury, and Pittsburgh, Pa., and has been operated by them for a number of years.


Tuesday, August 16, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Olive Branch – On last Thursday night about midnight, when the earth was covered with a mantle of darkness, there came the bright angel of death quietly to the home of Mr. Lum CURLEE and conveyed the soul of Mr. J. O. SINCLAIR on their spotless snow-white wings to the realms above, where he now dwells in perfect peace and love.

-A 12-year-old boy named Tom SAVAGE was drowned Monday night near Wilson.  With two or three companions he was in a boat.  He playfully rocked the boat and it was overturned.  His companions swam out, but Tom was drowned.

-Larkin R. BELK of Mount Prospect died at the home of his son, W. L. BELK, on August 4th.  The messenger of death came at the hour of 10 o’clock and claimed this good old man, at the age of 81 years….  Mr. BELK was a standard-bearer of his county.  He was the founder of Bethel church, and was always a great admirer of Uncle Rod PLYLER.  He was a peacemaker in his community.  He was liberal to the poor and a father to the orphan and widow.  He was married to Miss Ellen McCAIN, daughter of the late Joseph McCAIN, October 25th, 1848.  There were born to them two sons and two daughters: Mrs. Ransom P. PLYLER (deceased), Mrs. Sam LATHAN, Mr. J. R. BELK (deceased), and Mr. W. L. BELK.  He leaves three brothers: Mr. John BELK of Texas, Mr. H. L. BELK of Lancaster, S. C., and Mr. Eli BELK of this county.  Mr. BELK was laid to rest at Tirzah church cemetery, and a large concourse of relatives and friends attended.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. W. RATCHFORD. -  J. S. McCAIN.

-Mr. Plummer STEWART went down yesterday to Star, in Montgomery county, to appear for Rev. J. W. LITTLE, for whom a warrant had been issued for assault with a deadly weapon.  Rev. LITTLE had said in a sermon, so it was alleged, that any man who sold liquor would steal a quarter off a dead negro’s eye.  One BOLIN took took (sic) this up, because it was a reflection upon his grandfather who sold liquor.  BOLIN made at the preacher with a knife, and the preacher held him at bay with a stone.  The warrant was, however, withdrawn without execution.

-Mr. B. L. MEDLIN and Miss Brettie BRASWELL of Goose Creek were married last week by Esq. A. D. AUSTIN.

-Mr. Fred HAYS, a member of the United States regular army, stationed at Ft. Caswell, is at home with relatives in the county until the 23rd.

-Miss Lila LANE, sister of Mr. W. A. LANE of Monroe and for the past three years one of the teachers in the Monroe graded school, will be married tomorrow afternoon in the Presbyterian church at her home, Mt. Vernon Springs, N. C., to Prof. W. E. MOORE, who occupies the chair of languages in Grand View College, Grand View, Texas.

-Dr. J. H. McADEN, one of the best citizens of Charlotte and one of the best known business men of the State, died unexpectedly yesterday….

-Mr. J. C. LITTLE of Marshville township, who has been practicing law in Indian Territory for two years, is spending some time with his relatives in the county.

-Aunt Ann CARELOCK and Aunt Angy MEDLIN, two old colored women of Monroe, died Sunday.  They were both well known and held in respect by the white people.  Both were quite old and had been exceedingly industrious all their lives.

-Mr. Bernard BENTON, Misses Sallie BENTON and Fannie and Bessie AUSTIN returned Friday night from Camden, where they attended the marriage of Miss Louise SHEORN to Mr. J. P. WEEKS.  Miss SHEORN is a niece of Mesdames W. F. and J. H. BENTON and has visited in Monroe several times.

-Joe HOWELL, a young white man, 19 years old, was killed at Spartanburg Sunday in most tragic way.  He tried to step from one train to another, fell under the track, and his head was cut from the body and rolled 20 feet away.

-Brief: Mr. W. E. McMANUS is wearing a good smile now.  His son who departed from home one night two years ago, returned on the 10th and took his birthday dinner on the 11th, it being his 21st birthday.  His mother did not recognize him, as he had changed so much since leaving home.

-Brief: Mr. Luke SEAHORN is at home from Kentucky for a short stay.  He is a telephone line repairer.


Stopped here on Oct 3, 2005 (have posted all of above to counties)


Tuesday, August 23, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. G. W. JARRETT and Mrs. Ella FOWLER, both of this township, were married last Wednesday, Esqr. A. W. BIGGERS officiating.  Mr. JARRETT is an old soldier with but one arm.

-Mr. T. W. PERRY of Marshville township and Miss Gertrude HELMS of west Monroe township, were married Wednesday morning at the residence of the bride’s father. Rev. J. W. LITTLE performed the marriage service. A number of friends of the contracting parties were present.

-Mrs. Ellen WILLIAMS, wife of Mr. J. B. WILLIAMS of Richmond county, died Wednesday in Wadesboro at the home of her son-in-law, Mr. John LILES.  Mrs. WILLIAMS was a native of Anson county, but lived near Wingate, this county, for a number of years.  She moved to Richmond county about twenty three years ago.

-Like a fire bell in the night the news of a lost child startled the community about the home of Esq. Jacob S. LITTLE in Lanes Creek township last Sunday evening just about dark.  The lost child was the little son of Mr. J. T. COX, who lives near his father-in-law, Squire LITTLE.  The little boy, who is two and a half years old, followed his father to the pasture but the father didn’t know he was along.  Some time after Mr. COX returned to the house the child was missed, and the parents of course became greatly alarmed.  The neighbors came in and a vigorous search began.  It went on with great energy, men carrying lights in every direction all through the hours of the night.  Every nook and corner where it was thought possible for a child to be, was searched.  All efforts proved futile for hours and the parents were in despair.  Not until 3 o’clock in the morning was the little fellow found.  He was peacefully asleep under a small tree in the pasture, not far from home.

-[Lengthy article discussing the birthplace controversy of President Andrew Jackson.]

-Robert AUSTIN of Waxhaw, but who has been living at Jefferson for the past few years, shot and killed George KNOTTS, colored, a few days ago.  The killing took place at a house where AUSTIN had been making his headquarters.

-Rev. Bruce BENTON of Alexandria, La., son of Mr. T. H. BENTON of Goose Creek, is visiting his father and other relatives in the county.  Mr. BENTON is now editor of the Baptist Chronicle, the State organ of that denomination in Louisiana.

-Mrs. Melissa M. LANEY, widow of Capt. William LANEY, of Buford township, died last Friday.  She was the last of the large BELK family of which the late Rev. Julius BELK and John W. BELK belonged.  Mrs. LANEY, though 69 years of age at the time of her death, died at a younger age than any of the other children.  The father was a well known centenarian, James BELK, who was known to have been 110 years old.  He was the conspicuous figure in Charlotte at the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, the 20th of May, 1875, by reason of the fact that he had as a boy attended the meeting in Charlotte when the Declaration was signed in 1775.  Mr. BELK was made much of by Governor VANCE.  Mrs. LANEY leaves seven children: Mrs. W. A. EUBANKS, Mrs. D. C. MONTGOMERY, Mrs. A. W. FUNDERBURK, Messrs. Robert C., J. F. and Henry LANEY, and Miss Lula LANEY.  The remains were buried at Antioch on Saturday.  Mrs. BELK was a member of the Antioch church.

-There were several of the older citizens of the county in town yesterday, among them, Mr. Josiah AUSTIN of New Salem, who is 87 years old and plowed this summer; Mr. B. F. SUTTON of this township, who is 75 and also plowed this spring; and Mr. Jeff EZZELL of Sandy Ridge, who is 80, hale and hearty.

-Mr. John D. MEDLIN, who has been living in Monroe for several months, moved back to his farm in this township last week.  Mr. MEDLIN has just recovered from a spell of typhoid fever, and two of his children and his mother, who makes her home with him, have also been sick.

-Mr. Lewis DEESE, while attending church at Mt. Pleasant, in Buford township, dropped dead last Wednesday.  He was eating dinner on the yard at the time.  Mr. DEESE was a member of the Mt. Pleasant church.  He was 37 years old and leaves a wife and several children.

-The Nominees – From the table of complete returns published today, it will be seen that the following gentlemen were nominated for county offices in the primary last Saturday: Sheriff-B. A. HORN, re-elected.  Register of Deeds-J. E. STEWART, re-elected.  Treasurer-Jas. H. WILLIAMS, re-elected.  County Commissioners-H. L. PRICE, re-elected; A. W. BIGGERS.  By the rules of the primary, ‘Squire W. G. LONG and ‘Squire J. C. LANEY would have had to run in a second primary, but Mr. LONG being ahead, Mr. LANEY rose in the meeting of the executive committee and very gracefully withdrew in favor of Mr. LONG, who is, therefore, the other nominee for Commissioner.  Surveyor-J. S. BAUCOM, re-elected.  Coroner-W. A. EUBANKS, re-elected.  Representatives-C. N. SIMPSON, re-elected; R. B. REDWINE.  Constables were nominated as follows: Monroe, Joe WILLIAMS; Buford, D. J. MELTON; Jackson, J. A. GAMBLE; Goose Creek, John PRESSLEY; New Salem, C. E. HILL; Lanes Creek, Derrick WALDEN.


Tuesday, August 30, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Austin, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. McCAIN of Waxhaw, died on the 22nd.  The little fellow was but a year old.

-Mr. W. H. AYCOTH and Mrs. Rachel MOSER of Buford were married on the 12th, Esq. J. G. DOSTER officiating.

-Mr. J. W. MATTHEWS, formerly of this county, was killed in a collision between a shifting engine and an electric street car in Memphis, Tenn., on August 18th.  Mr. MATTHEWS was 44 years old.  His wife, formerly Mrs. Sudie HOWIE, lives here.

-Mr. Jas. G. BOYLIN of Wadesboro, the well know editor of the Messenger and Intelligencer, was married last week to Mrs. Berta INGRAM of Wadesboro…

-Mr. H. J. BIVENS has resigned as constable of Monroe township and has taken a position in the secret service of the Seaboard Air Line Railway Company, and left last Tuesday for Charleston, S.C.  Mr. J. A. WILLIAMS, the Democratic nominee for constable, has been appointed constable by the county commissioners and has resigned his position as night policeman.

-The Lancaster Ledger says that Miss Minnie STINSON, daughter of Mr. James STINSON of the Pleasant Valley section, aged about 26 years, was killed by lightning last Monday evening at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. Edward PERRY, near Fort Mill, where she had gone only a few days before on a visit to his family.  The family was at the supper table when the bolt descended, rendering them all unconscious, Miss STINSON being the only one not recovering from the shock.

-Col. Hamilton C. JONES, the well known lawyer of Charlotte, of the firm of JONES & TILLET, died Tuesday at Southport, where he had gone for rest.  Col. JONES was a gentleman of the old school, a Confederate soldier, and a true man and beloved citizen, and one of the ablest lawyers in the State…

-The people of this community and others interested in the graveyard at the Rev. E. L. DAVIS old homestead, will please meet there on December 15th and clean off the graveyard.  The following committee has been appointed to secure funds to have the graveyard fenced in:  James E. THOMAS, S. C. DAVIS, Benton MOORE, W. L. PARKER, R. L. SMITH, Sr.  The trustees appointed for the graveyard are G. W. BROOM, C. A. PRITCHARD, J. E. JEROME. 

-Mr. W. F. KUYKENDALL, one of the best known farmers of Providence, Mecklenburg county, died Saturday.

-The following old soldiers, and perhaps others, are attending the reunion at Asheville: S. E. BELK, Moses HORN, Thomas E. WILLIAMS, John H. GRIFFIN, R. V. HOUSTON, W. G. LONG, W. A. LANE, A. W. McMANUS and J. R. SIMPSON.

-The Journal is informed of a singular incident said to have happened in the lower part of the county recently.  In May, Mr. Anguise [sic: Angus] DEESE died and was buried at Zoar campground.  Pretty soon a rumor began to float around the neighborhood to the effect that the body had been stolen from the grave.  The report kept growing until some of the friends of the deceased thought it ought to be taken up and disproved.  So, on the 19th of this month, some of them gathered at the grave and opened it.  The body was, of course, found as it had been buried.

-The heavy rains of last Saturday caused a washout on the Seaboard this side of Rockingham and caused the death of two men, Engineer ADAMS of Raleigh and Fireman SHIPLETT of Monroe….

-Mr. Zeb HOWARD, son of Mr. R. F. HOWARD of Sandy Ridge, lost his left foot on the railroad track last night.  He went to the depot about 10 o’clock, and while walking on the track, got his foot caught in a switch, and before he could get it out an engine came along and mashed the foot so badly that Dr. BLAIR had to cut it off last night.  The young man, who is about thirty years old, was taken to the Monroe-Stewart Sanitorium.

-Capt. J. W. WHITFIELD, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Monroe, died Friday.  Old age was the primary cause of his death, though up until three or four months ago he had been a very active man for his age.  The funeral was conducted at Central Methodist church, of which he was a devoted member, having connected himself with this denomination when a boy….. Capt. WHITFIELD was born in Halifax county January 1, 1822.  He was one of the first conductors on the Wilmington and Weldon railroad.  He was married in 1851 to Miss Virginia Caldwell THALLY and moved to Wilmington, where he kept books for Ellis & Mitchell.  In 1863 he moved his family to Lumberton, and was station agent at Maxton, then known as Shoe Heel, until 1874, when he came to Monroe to take charge of the agency here.  He was agent here until 1890, when he gave up railroad life and stayed with his sons, WHITFIELD Bros., who were conducting a general merchandise store here.  He leaves a wife, a brother, Mr. W. T. WHITFIELD of Weldon, and five children, viz: Messrs. W. T. WHITFIELD of Monroe,  Geo. M. WHITFIELD of Lumberton, Mesdames E. T. WADE of Wilmington and J. M. MORROW of Albemarle, and Miss Lizzie WHITFIELD of Monroe.  All of his children were at his bedside with their faithful mother when the end came…. [lengthy obituary]


Tuesday, September 6, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-The case of Henry YOUNG, for the killing of Mr. John H. WILLIAMSON at Hamlet nearly two years ago, will be tried again at Wadesboro next week.  Judge PEEBLES will preside.

-The Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer says that Mr. L. D. WILLIAMS, one of the best known business men of Lilesville, is seriously ill.  He is suffering from a disease of the brain known to medical men as aphasia.  This is the disease which caused the death of Rear Admiral SAMPSON, and first manifests itself by rendering its victims unable to speak connectedly.

-Marshville: Death entered the home of Mrs. Kate BAKER early yesterday morning and claimed as its victim her youngest daughter, Miss Eugenia.  She was about sixteen years of age and a great favorite to all who knew her.  She had fever early this summer and was confined to her bed for nearly three months.  She was a member of Philadelphia Baptist church and her remains were interred there this morning.  We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family and bid them look to Him who is able to give them comfort, remembering that their loss is her eternal gain.

-Waxhaw: Another marriage occurred in this section yesterday – Mr. Franklin GODFREY to Miss Mary BIGHAM.  A few of the near relatives witnessed the ceremony.

-Mr. H. Fulton GRIFFIN and Miss Beaker SEGARS of Buford township were married on the first of September, at the residence of Frank WALTERS, Esq.  J. C. LANEY officiating.

-Elmer, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. O. P. WIMBERLY of Monroe, died this morning at 8:30.  The little boy had been sick a long time with fever, and death was the result of his inability to take nourishment and gain strength after the fever left.  The little fellow was eight years old.  The body will be buried at Union church tomorrow, probably about 12 o’clock.  The parents have the sincere sympathy of all.

-At 11:30 Sunday night a bolt of lightning struck the barn of Mr. E. W. GRIFFIN and started a conflagration which consumed the barn and four head of horses in a few minutes.… [lengthy article]

-Charlotte Chronicle: Prof. J. F. BIVINS, headmaster of Trinity Park High School, was killed suddenly this morning by falling from a train four miles out of Durham.  …Prof. BIVINS was returning with his wife from a bridal trip to Virginia Beach….  He was married only last Thursday to Miss Fannie CARR, a daughter of Mrs. Eliza CARR…. Prof. BIVINS was a brother of Prof. J. A. BIVINS, principal of the North graded school of Charlotte.  Mr. J. D. BIVINS, editor of the Stanly Enterprise, is another brother, and there are two younger brothers, Messrs. Charles M. and W. A. BIVINS of Albemarle.  Prof. BIVINS was 28 years old and had been headmaster of the Trinity Park High School for five years. [lengthy article]


Tuesday, September 13, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Four Killed in Wreck. Two Trains go Down Near Monroe. Passenger Train Falls Into Bridge Below Catawba and Freight Engine and Car Jump in on it. – Four Killed and About Forty Hurt -  Miraculous Escapes of Parts of Crews and Passengers.  One of the most fearful railroad wrecks that have ever occurred in this section, happened 22 miles from Monroe, just south of the Catawba river, early Friday morning….. [Lengthy article. Those killed: Mrs. T. F. BLACK, of Nicholasville, Ky.; Mrs. T. S. McMANUS from Wilmington; Engineer Ed BARKSDALE; and Ed ROBERTS, fireman of one of the engines.]

-***LENA WILLIAMS vs CHARLES WILLIAMS for divorce – make copy p.2

-The little daughter of Mr. Horney MANGUM of Buford township died of fever on September 2nd.  Little Martha was but ten years of age, a life all too short for those who loved her so well.

-Union Grove: Miss Hattie LONG and Mr. Jas. E. FREEMAN were married on the 6th, by ‘Squire A. J. FURR, at the latter’s residence.

-A very pretty wedding was solemnized at Mt. Pleasant church Sunday, the 11th.  The contracting parties were Mr. Henry COLLINS and Miss Inez LITTLE, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. M. LITTLE…. Rev. D. A. SNIDER, officiating….

-Little R. A., the seven-year-old son of Mr. R. A. HONEYCUTT, General Superintendent of the C. M. and C. R. R. fell from a moving engine last Friday evening and the huge instrument barely missed the little fellow’s head, passed over his left arm severing it entirely from his body….. Chesterfield Advertiser.


Tuesday, September 20, 1904, MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, NC)

-Mr. J.B. BASS has a position with the McRAE Mercantile Company...

-Mr. D.A. COVINGTON has gone to the Chicago University to begin a post-graduate course. He has a scholarship there.

-Mr. John D. MEDLIN has bought the "V" lot just west of Mr. A.C. JOHNSON, in McCauleyville, and will build on it next summer.

-Mr. Hugh TARLETON and Miss Lillie MULLIS were united in marriage on the 4th inst., Rev. M.D.L. PRESLAR officiating.


-Lorenzo MEDLIN, Attorney and Counselor at Law.

-Miss Julia B. HUNTER, Stenographer.

-Robert L. STEVENS and J.C. SIKES, Jr., Attorneys and Counselors-at-Law.

-R.B. REDWINE and A.M. STACK, Attorneys-at-Law.

-Henry B. ADAMS, Thomas J. JEROME, and Frank ARMFIELD, Attorneys-at-Law.

-F.F. GRIFFIN, Attorney and Counselor at Law.

-E.C. WILLIAMS and R.W. LEMMOND, Attorneys-at-Law.

-S.J. WELSH, Druggist.

-C.C. and V.D. SIKES, Vehicle and Harness Business.

-M.L. FLOW Co. Store.


Tuesday, September 20, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. A. B. MOORE and Miss Cora HELMS of north Monroe were married by A. C. JOHNSON, Esq., Saturday.

-Mr. Howard McLARTY, son of Mr. Geo. C. McLARTY, has gone to Washington, which place he will shortly leave for Panama, Central America, on a prospecting tour, with a view of locating there.  Mr. McLARTY is a druggist, and no doubt feels that there’ll be plenty of drugs needed in that country when Uncle Sam begins to dig the big ditch.

-Death of Mrs. MEDLIN. Mrs. Lydia P. MEDLIN died at the home of her son, Mr. J. D. MEDLIN, in Monroe last Saturday morning.  Mrs. MEDLIN, whose maiden name was MUSE, was born July 26th, 1820, and she was, therefore, over 84 years old.  She had been sick of typhoid fever for some time, and on account of extreme old age was unable to rally.  She was married to the late Ervin MEDLIN November 30th, 1843, and lived at the old homeplace in east Monroe township until the death of her husband, a few years ago.  There were nine children.  Of the five girls, two, Mrs. S. E. BELK and Mrs. W. M. CARELOCK, are dead; and three, Mrs. John D. SIMPSON, Mrs. Thomas WALDEN of Hiddenite, N. C., and Mrs. J. Frank ASHCRAFT of Arkansas are living.  Messrs. Myers, John D. and LaQueen MEDLIN are her surviving sons.  Mrs. MEDLIN was an exceedingly intelligent and interesting old lady.  She retained a vigorous memory until her last illness, and could talk entertainingly of past events for many years back.  She was also a good christian woman, and all who knew her will long remember the kind and gentle old lady.  The body was buried on Sunday at the old homeplace, and there, on the old place she loved so well, will await the day when the quick and the dead shall alike be judged.

-Death of Mrs. McLARTY.  Mrs. Annie LEE McLARTY, wife of Mr. Archie McLARTY of east Monroe township, died at 6 o’clock yesterday morning.  She had been in bad health for the past two winters, but her illness did not take a serious turn until a few weeks ago.  At the last her suffering became very great and as the exhaustion increased it was more than once thought that the end had come.  But to the last she retained consciousness, and a short time before her death held out her hand to have the pulse counted.  The funeral was held at ten o’clock this morning from the residence by Dr. ROWE and Rev. Mr. BRADLEY, pastor of Monroe circuit.  The body was buried at the McLARTY and LEE burying ground two miles east of town.   Mrs. McLARTY was the daughter of the late Thomas LEE, and was born in Lanes Creek township 34 years ago the 4th of last July.  She was married to Mr. Archie McLARTY on Nov. 19, 1895.  One child was born to them, little Lizzie, aged seven years.  She was a member of the Methodist church and a christian of genuine piety….. Three devoted brothers, a heart-stricken husband, a sweet little daughter who can scarcely realize her loss, a sister, and the affectionate mother and father-in-law, mourn her loss, beside many warm friends and near relatives….

-Unveiling of Monument.  North State Camp No. 3, Woodmen of the World, are making arrangements to unveil the monument over the grave of the late John E. WILHELM at the cemetery here.  The monument has been placed by contractor J. E. EFIRD and the exercises will take place in the next few days.

-Rev. S. E. RICHARDSON, son of Esq. S. J. RICHARDSON of Jackson township, was married at Elkin last Wednesday to Miss Selma PHILLIPS, Rev. H. C. SPRINKLE, pastor of the Methodist church at Elkin, assisted by Rev. Zensky HINOHARA, a Japanese minister now taking a special course at Trinity College, officiating.  Mr. RICHARDSON is pastor of the Methodist churches of the Jonesville charge and the bride is a popular young lady of that place.  The couple are spending some time with the parents of the groom.

-Mr. Hugh TARLETON and Miss Lillie MULLIS were united in marriage on the 4th inst., Rev. M. D. L. PRESLAR officiating.

-At the home of the bride’s mother, on the 7th inst., Mr. Furman PLYLER and Miss Mary STARNES, a very popular couple of Mt. Prospect, were married.  The attendants were Miss Maud PLYLER and Mr. HAGLER, Miss Flonnie PLYLER and Mr. BAKER, Miss Mary MOSER and Mr. Marvin STARNES, Miss Jennie STARNES and Mr. Frank MONTGOMERY, and Miss Telitha STARNES and Mr. BAKER.  Rev. M. D. L. PRESLAR officiated.  May theirs be a happy and successful voyage through life.

-There is considerable gold mining activity in this county, which has always been thought to be a county full of gold ore.  A party of capitalists from Pennsylvania, who are interested in the big Colossus Mining and Milling Company (the old HOWIE mine), were here last week looking at the property.  Thousands of dollars are being spent there in preparation for work on a great scale.  Work is also being done at Brown Hill, near Indian Trail, and a shaft fifty feet deep has been sunk on the OSBORNE land, northwest of town, now belonging to Mrs. NICHOLSON.


September 24, 1904, THE PEE DEE ADVOCATE (Marlboro, SC)

-Col. William PICKET died September 11 in Wadesboro, N.C.


Tuesday, September 27, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Carl JACKSON, a colored switchman, was hurt by the switch engine Saturday night.  His colar (sic) bone was broken and the right leg crushed.

-Mr. G. E. LONG of Vance township and Miss Patra WENTZ of Goose Creek township were married on the 15th inst. At the home of the officiating magistrate, Esq. S. J. HOWARD.

-Capt. W. A. LANE returned last week from a visit to his old home at Mt. Vernon Springs in Chatham county, where he was called by the illness and death of his father, which occurred week before last.

-Brief: There was a gretna green marriage at ‘Squire A. W. McMANUS’ on the 18th, the parties being Mr. Jacob SIMPSON and Miss Laura BAUCOM…. James TOLBERT shot himself accidentally with a 22-calibre rifle the other day.  Dr. SMITH cut the ball out and he is getting along o. k.

-Notice – Glennon WALKER, my 15-year-old son, having left me, this notice is to forbid anyone of hiring or in any way harboring him.  Louis WALKER.


Tuesday, October 4, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-A monument or tablet of stone to mark the birthplace of James K. POLK, the eleventh president of the United States, was unveiled last week about a fourth of a mile from the village of Pineville, Mecklenburg county, and nine miles from Charlotte.  The monument was erected under the auspices of the Daughters of the Revolution, and is said to be erected on the identical site of POLK’S birthplace…..

-Murderer Who Was Captured in Monroe Some Months Ago Sentenced to be Hanged – A Family of Criminals.  Many people no doubt remember reading in the Journal about the capture of Burch MORGAN in Monroe some months ago by Mr. H. J. BIVENS, then constable of this township.  MORGAN was wanted in Montgomery county for murder.  He worked on a farm on Rocky River after fleeing from his home after the murder.  There it was that Mr. BIVENS first began to shadow him.  Then he came down to the sawmill of FUNDERBURK and BIRMINGHAM, eight miles south of town and worked.  All the time Constable BIVENS was watching him…. MORGAN was tried at Troy last week and sentenced to be hanged.... The MORGAN family have quite a history in Montgomery county…. At the January term, 1902, Asa MORGAN was convicted of murder in the second degree, for assisting Burch MORGAN in the killing of Edwin H. REGER…. At the September term, 1903, Lane MORGAN and Kisa MORGAN, the two youngest brothers, were convicted of murder in the second degree for killing their brother-in-law, John RICHARDSON….. [lengthy article]

-The infant of Mr. John HOWIE of Pleasant Grove died Friday, aged four months.

-The infant of Mr. John GRIFFIN of Marshville township died Friday and was buried at Mr. T. B. GRIFFIN’S old place Saturday.

-Messrs. Will and Charlie PARKER, who went from Lanes Creek to Texas some time ago, write their brother, Mr. V. B. PARKER, that their crops have been entirely destroyed by the boll weevil and they will return to Union county as soon as possible.

-Mr. Eugene ASBURY, father of Mr. Parks ASBURY, who is well known in Monroe, died at St. Peter’s hospital yesterday.  He is survived by his wife, who was Miss Martha STEWART of this county, sister of the late R. L. and late J. M. STEWART, and four sons.

-Last Sunday morning at ten o’clock, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. C. A. AYCOCK, Mr. S. H. KNIGHT and Miss Melvia AYCOCK were joined together in the holy bonds of matrimony.  Only a few of the near relatives were present.  Rev. J. A. BIVENS performed the marriage ceremony.

-Mr. D. M. SIMS of the Tirzah neighborhood, who was stricken for the third time with paralysis about two weeks ago, died Monday night of last week.  His remains were buried Tuesday afternoon at Camp Creek Baptist church with Masonic honors by Waxhaw Lodge, A. F. & A. M., No. 442.

-Mrs. Annie L. BLAKENEY, wife of Mr. P. B. BLAKENEY of Carmel, died last Wednesday night at 7 o’clock, of heart disease, after an illness of some weeks.  Mrs. BLAKENEY was the daughter of Mr. C. L. HELMS of Carmel, and was not quite 30 years of age, having been born December 4, 1874.  She leaves four children, one of whom is but three months old.  She was married to Mr. BLAKENEY January 27, 1895… …joined the Methodist church in 1887…. The funeral was conducted by Rev. F. W. BRADLEY and the remains were buried at Carmel on Thursday….

Tuesday, October 11, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. V. B. PARKER tells The Journal that it was partially mistaken last week in saying that the crops of Messrs. Will and Charlie PARKER of Texas had been destroyed by boll weevils. Only the former’s crop was destroyed. They do not intend moving back to this county.

-Miss Kate PHIFER, daughter of Mr. W. H. PHIFER, will be married tomorrow evening to Mr. Thos. T. CAPEHART. The ceremony will occur at the bride’s home at 9 o’clock, and the couple will immediately leave for a trip to the St. Louis exposition. The bride elect is one of Monroe’s prettiest and most popular young ladies. The groom is one of the most popular conductors on the Seaboard Air Line.

-The friends of Mr. Josiah AUSTIN of New Salem township, who has been in feeble health and totally blind, are glad that he has improved in general health and is able to see again.

-Wardlaw News-…. Mrs. Frank SHORT was buried last Thursday at Weddington. She died of typhoid fever…

-News from Anson County: …-Mrs. D. E. PEMBERTON, wife of Mr. D. E. PEMBERTON, a prominent merchant of Troy, died on the southbound S.A.L. train, due here at 8:39 o’clock, last Friday night, between Pee Dee and Lilesville…. Mr. J. T. LITTLE, a well known citizen of Gulledge township, was the victim last Saturday evening of an accident that made necessary the amputation of his left hand. The accident occurred in this way: Mr. LITTLE, who runs a public gin, was pressing a bale of cotton when he noticed that a bale of bagging had gotten caught in the cod wheels which run the press up and down. He attempted to remove the bagging from the wheels with his left hand when, in some way, the wheels also caught the hand, grinding almost the entire member to a pulp… Late last Friday afternoon Mr. J. Walker McCOLLUM, who lives near Peachland, emptied the contents of a double barrel shotgun into the legs of Mr. Eli SINCLAIR, a young man of 21 years of age and the son of Mr. J. C. SINCLAIR. About thirty of the shot took effect in the legs of Mr. SINCLAIR, but his wounds are not considered serious. The particulars of the affair, as we have been able to learn them, are given below: Mr. McCOLLUM and the SINCLAIRS are near neighbors. Mr. McCOLLUM claims that the SINCLAIRS have annoyed him in various ways for several years, destroying his crops, tearing up his farming implements, etc. But one of the most annoying habits the SINCLAIRS had, according to Mr. McCOLLUM, was the constant singing of nagging songs by them in which Mr. McCOLLUM was made fun of as “Daddy Rabbit” and Mrs. McCOLLUM as “Queen.” This state of affairs, as stated above, had existed for some time. Finally, late Friday afternoon, Mr. McCOLLUM took his gun and went to the home of Mr. J. C. SINCLAIR for the purpose, so he says, of remonstrating with the son, Mr. Eli SINCLAIR, who was cutting wood at the woodpile. Mr. McCOLLUM claims that he had no intention of shooting the young man and only took his gun along with him for the purpose of impressing SINCLAIR with the fact that he must stop nagging him. However this may be, after a few words had passed between them, Mr. McCOLLUM emptied both barrels of his gun into the hips and legs of the young man, painfully, though not seriously, wounding him. Yesterday Mr. McCOLLUM gave bond in the sum of $500 for his appearance before Esq. G. W. ROGERS, Nov. 11th, for a preliminary hearing.


Tuesday, October 18, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. R. D. HILDRETH of Polkton died on Saturday from the effects of a fall he received at Ray’s Fork trestle, this side of Wingate, last Thursday. He was working with the section squad repairing the trestle, and fell fourteen feet. He struck on his feet, fell to his knees, and then forward on his face. Drs. BLAIR and STEVENS attended to his wounds and he was sent to Polkton where he died Saturday.

-At the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. PHIFER at 9 o’clock Wednesday evening, Miss Kate PHIFER and Mr. Thos. T. CAPEHART were made man and wife….

-Death of Mr. W. C. WOLFE. Mr. W. C. WOLFE, a prominent farmer of the county, died at his home near Pleasant Grove yesterday. He was about seventy years of age, and had been sick for a year or more. He leaves a wife and seven children-five boys, three of them grown, and two daughters, one of whom is Mrs. Dr. H. D. STEWART of Monroe. Two of his sons, Messrs. Fleet and Krauss WOLFE, are in the railroad telegraph service, and Mr. Ed. F. WOLFE has been living in Texas for some time, but came home about six months ago to be with his father. Mr. WOLFE was twice married. When the war broke out he volunteered in Capt. McRAE’S company, the first that left the county, and served honorable throughout the entire war. Mr. WOLFE was a man of pleasant manner, energetic and a good farmer.

            The funeral took place at Pleasant Grove this morning, conducted by Rev. J. H. DIXON of Waxhaw. Two sisters survive Mr. WOLFE, Mrs. W. H. KRAUSS of Monroe and Mrs. Sarah D. WOLFE, now with her son, Rev. E. K. WOLFE, in Missouri.

-Another one  of our friends and schoolmates has passed away. Mr. Charles BAKER died of relapse from fever last Sunday afternoon, and was buried at Philadelphia Monday at 3 p.m.  Mr. BAKER was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and lived a consistent christian life. He leaves a wife and two small children to mourn their loss. We extend to them our sympathy and hope that they may find comfort in the assurance that their loss is his eternal gain. It makes us feel sad when we remember that so many of our friends and schoolmates have passed away within the last few years, and reminds us that “Life is but a vapor that continueth for a little while and then passeth away.”

Tuesday, October 25, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. L. T. BENNETT of Lanes Creek and Miss Jennie STEWART of New Salem were married on the 16th by Rev. T. P. LITTLE.

-Miss Lessie BROOKS and Mr. Kelus ALMON, both of Stanly, were married Sunday at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. Joshua BROOKS. Esqr. James SMITH officiated.

-Mr. J. S. THOMAS of New Salem township and Miss Martha WILLIAMS of Monroe township were married Sunday morning by Esq. M. L. FLOW, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. Emerline WILLIAMS.

-Mrs. Elizabeth HORTON, relict of the late C. H. HORTON, who was killed during the civil war, died at her home in Lanes Creek township on the 15th. She was about 75 years old and leaves three sons, Messrs. H. H., Samuel and David HORTON, and one daughter Miss Harriet HORTON. She was a sister of Messrs. Calvin, William and John SMITH, and of Mrs. J. P. HORN and Misses Eliza and Haseltine SMITH. She was a faithful member of the Baptist church and was a most excellent christian woman. [Correction: Her husband was Churchwell J. Horton of Company E, 48th NC Infantry. jg]


October 25, 1904, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer says that R. D. HILDRETH, of Polkton, Anson county, while working on a trestle near Polkton, fell a distance of 14 feet and received injuries from which he died.

-Wilson GIBSON, a 10-year-old boy of Union county, picked 200 pounds of cotton in one day.


Tuesday, November 1, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. E. W. LITTLE, son of Mr. J. Labe LITTLE of Goose Creek, and Miss Bedie E. TARLTON of New Salem township were married here today by Esq. M. L. FLOW.

-Mr. Geo. W. BELK, a member of Company 102, coast artillery, United States army, is in the county on a furlough visiting his relatives. His command is stationed at Fort Caswell.

-Mr. Rufus A. PRESSLEY and Miss Dora KEZIAH, daughter of Mr. I. H. KEZIAH of Monroe township, were married on the 16th ult., at the residence of the bride’s father, Esq. S. A. HELMS officiated.

-News has just been received in the county, says the Waxhaw Enterprise, of the death of Mrs. Martha McCORKLE, who went from this community to Arkansas about ten years ago, at the home of her son, Mr. Robert McCORKLE at Ozan, Ark.  Mrs. McCORKLE was 78 years old, and was well known by many people in that immediate section, who will be sorry to learn of her death.

-The following invitations have been issued: “Mr. and Mrs. J. L. RODMAN invite you to be present at the marriage of their daughter, Onie Lee, to Mr. Luther Ernest BROWN, on the evening of Tuesday, the twenty-second of November, at six o’clock. At home, Waxhaw, North Carolina.” Reception from six until half after eight o’clock, at home.

-Mr. J. W. TOWNSEND of Monroe was married to Miss Bessie HIGGINS of Washington City at 7:30 on October 26th. The ceremony occurred at Wesley Chapel M. E. church of Washington, and Rev. Dr. W. M. FERGUSON officiated. Mr. TOWNSEND arrived home Sunday night, being called to his duties as deputy clerk of the court. Mrs. TOWNSEND remained in Washington for a few days to attend some business matters.


Tuesday, November 8, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-The wife of Rev. G. O. WILHOIT of Marshville died Saturday morning, and was buried in Anson county on Sunday.

-Ashley, a four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John TADLOCK of east Monroe township, died last Sunday. The little boy had been affected greatly all his life and death was a relief.

-The little five-months-old child of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. TICKLE of Monroe died this morning of bronchitis, and will be buried tomorrow at 10:30 o’clock. The young parents have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.

-Rev. and Mrs. J. S. NELSON of Charlotte have sent out invitations to the marriage of their daughter, Miss Jessie, to Mr. Carl T. BLAKENEY, cashier of the Bank of Jefferson. The event will occur in Charlotte on the 30th.

-Mr. H. W. GREENE of Charlotte and Miss Emma MEIGS, daughter of Mr. Turner MEIGS of Marshville township, were married on Sunday, by Rev. D. A. SNIDER, at the residence of the bride’s father. Mr. and Mrs. GREENE will live in Charlotte.

-The following cards were received in Monroe this morning: “Mr. and Mrs. John Alexander YOKLEY request the honor of your presence at the marriage of their daughter, Sadie, to Mr. Thomas J. PAYNE on the evening of Tuesday, the 22nd of November, at half after seven o’clock, Central Methodist church, Mount Airy, North Carolina.” Reception from 8 until 11 o’clock, at home.

-‘Squire J. C. MANGUM of Chesterfield was here yesterday and reported the horrible death of Will BLANCH, a young white man, at Funderburk & MANGUM’S gin, near Dudley, yesterday…. He leaves a wife and one child.


Tuesday, November 15, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Waxhaw, R.F.D. No. 2, Nov. 12. Mrs. H. M. McCAIN died of typhoid fever on the 10th inst.  She leaves a husband and four small children to mourn their loss. We extend our sympathy.

-The following cards have been issued: “Mr. John Wightman TOWNSEND, Mrs. Celia Elizabeth HIGGINS, married on Wednesday, the twenty-sixth day of October, nineteen hundred and four, Washington, D.C., at home after Nov. 15, 1904.”

-Drowned While On A Duck Hunt. Wadesboro Messenger and Intelligencer. Mr. C. Ross MULLOY, a well known young man of Chesterfield Court House, S.C., was drowned in Grant’s mill pond, in Chesterfield county, last Friday afternoon….. Mr. MULLOY was about 23 years old and was a clever, popular young man, who had many friends. He was a son of Mrs. L. E. MULLOY, who ran a boarding house here some eight or ten years ago, but who is now dead. [lengthy article]


Tuesday, November 22, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Altan, Nov. 19. There has been two marriages in this community that have escaped public notice. Col. H. G. HOTCHKISS and Miss Bilsya HARRIS drove down to Lancaster, S.C., three weeks ago and were married. The neighbors were none the wiser until several days afterward.  Mr. Lee BIRD of Jefferson, S.C., drove up to Mr. G. M. LANEY’S Nov. 7th and carried away Miss Maggie L. LANEY, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. M. LANEY. They were married at the residence of Rev. John TURNER. Mr. BIRD is a son of Mr. John BIRD and is a good, moral and well to do farmer.

-Brief, Nov. 21. Death of an Old Soldier. Mr. Bingham SMALL, one of our oldest men, died on the 18th and was buried at Clear Creek church on the 19th. He was 88 years old as near as they come at, as he had lost the date of his birth. He moved from South Carolina to this State in 1858 and went through the war in the 48th Regiment N.C. Troops in Company I.

-Mr. Elias CROWELL will move with his family to Arkansas about the first of December.  Mr. Marion HAMILTON moves to Concord the first of December.

-Ed REDFEARN, son of Watt REDFEARN, colored, who works for Mr. E. C. WILLIAMS, accidentally shot and killed himself this morning, while out hunting on Brown creek. No particulars of the accident have yet been received here.

-‘Squire A. C. JOHNSON performed two marriage ceremonies Sunday. They were Mr. E. H. PRICE to Mrs. Thetis GRIFFIN, and Mr. Isaac COOPER to Miss Mary E. SIMPSON, at the residence of the bride’s father in north Monroe.

-Messrs. T. J. PAYNE and J. C. SIKES, Jr., left yesterday for Mt. Airy, where Mr. PAYNE will be married this evening to Miss Sadie YOKLEY of that place. Mr. SIKES is best man. Mr. PAYNE will bring his bride directly to Monroe and they will board at the Central for the present.

-A very sad death of one of the young men students of Wingate occurred Sunday night. It was that of Mr. Vann ALLEN of STEELE’S Mills. Last Wednesday night he was taken violently ill, apparently with appendicitis. He was carried to St. Peter’s in Charlotte and died Sunday night. He was a bright young man and greatly liked by his fellow students.

-Miss Ellen Elizabeth HOWEY will be married at nine o’clock this evening at the home of her mother, on Lafayette street, to Mr. Joel E. FOWLER of Georgia. There will be a reception from nine to eleven, and the couple will leave on the midnight train. Miss HOWEY is a pretty and popular young lady and has many friends to wish her much happiness. The groom is in the employ of the Southern, and the couple will live at Taylor, S.C.

-The marriage of Miss Onie Lee RODMAN to Mr. Ernest Lee BROWN occurs at six o’clock, at the home of the bride’s parents at Waxhaw, this evening….

-Mrs. Catherine DOOLEY died Sunday morning at her home in Monroe. She was 71 years old and a devout member of the Catholic church. She was stricken with paralysis last Thursday night. Father Francis of Charlotte came down Friday morning and administered the last sacraments. The body was interred at Charlotte, from St. Peter’s church, where requiem mass was celebrated. Mrs. DOOLEY leaves two sons, Mr. James DOOLEY of Wilmington and Mr. P. M. DOOLEY of Monroe, and two daughters, Miss Maggie DOOLEY and Mrs. C. A. TENANT of Monroe.

-“The last one of the old darkies of our neighborhood died last night,” said ‘Squire Henry McWHORTER of WILSON’S Old Store yesterday. “It was old Aunt Jane NELSON. She was a good old woman and well liked by the white people.”

-Dr. J. A. McRAE, one of the best known physicians and citizens of Anson county, died at his home at White Store last Wednesday. Dr. McRAE was 74 years old and had practiced medicine for fifty years.

-Mary Jewel, the little three-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs. D. E. GORDON of the Prospect community, died on the 8th inst., of membranous croup, and was buried the following day at Tradesville. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. C. WINN. “It is well with the child.”

-Mr. F. C. NASH of Buford and Miss Ella DEESE, daughter of Mr. Wyatt DEESE of Monroe township, were married on the 17th by Rev. D. A. SNYDER.

-Mr. Frank HELMS, son of Mr. Fletcher HELMS, and Miss Dora HELMS, daughter of Mr. Joe HELMS, were married at the home of the bride’s father on the 11th, by N. S. OGBURN, Esq….

Tuesday, November 29, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. Silas TARLTON and Miss Olie COUICK of Jackson township were married in South Carolina on Thanksgiving Day.

-Mr. J. S. POLK of Goose Creek, son of Mr. J. A. POLK, and Miss Ada HILL, daughter of Mr. J. J. HILL of Monroe township, were married at the residence of the bride’s father Thanksgiving Day, by A. C. JOHNSON, Esq. These are popular young people and The Journal wishes them happiness.

-Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McNEELEY of Jackson township have a family of eleven children, ten of whom are boys. They started the boys off with good, strong and famous names. The list is quite interesting, as The Journal man found the other day by forcing Mr. McNEELEY to rummage his memory. Mr. McNEELEY’S memory gave testimony to the fact that most people can remember the things that happened long ago better than more recent events, for he could recall right along the double names of all his older sons, but stumbled pretty badly on the young ones. In fact, he couldn’t get the middle name of the last one at all until he called in the help of that intelligent youngster himself, who happened to be along. The names run thus, the source of each being in parenthesis alongside:

  “Cyrus Vance” (King Cyrus and Zeb VANCE).

  “Clement Dowd” (noted Charlotte lawyer).

  “Samuel Huxley” (his uncle, Rev. Dr. Sam BELK, and the great  scientist).

  “Robert Ney” (his father and Marshal NEY).

  “John Belk” (his grandfather, a well known man in his day).

  “Parley Burke” (Peter PARLEY, the historian, and Edmund BURKE, the British statesman and friend of America).

  “Martel Pratt” (Charles MARTEL, the warrior).

  “Grady Polk” (Henry GRADY and Col. L. L. POLK).

  “George Roscoe” (his uncle, Rev. Dr. George BELK, and Roscoe CONKLING).

  “Ruskin Ewing” (John RUSKIN and the boy’s grandfather).

 Mr. and Mrs. McNEELEY have not only given their boys good names, but they are also endeavoring to give them education, Mr. McNEELEY being one of the most tireless workers in behalf of the public school in the county.

-“Today is the fortieth anniversary of the last legal execution that occurred in Union county,” said Mr. W. C. WOLFE Friday. “On Friday, Nov. 25, 1864, Mary and Henry AUSTIN were hanged for the murder of their mistress, Mrs. Jno. E. AUSTIN, who was a sister of Mr. Jno. C. SIKES… The hanging occurred somewhere about where Broadacre, the COVINGTON home, now is.”


Tuesday, December 6, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Marshville Home. Last week Mr. Charley E. RICHARDSON, a young builder and contractor of this town, heard that Mr. Lee HILL, a young man of MORGAN Academy, had procured license to get married to Miss Fannie STEWART, a pretty daughter of Mr. J. R. STEWART of New Salem township. Mr. RICHARDSON was very much opposed to the marriage of Miss STEWART to Mr. HILL, and he therefore went over Thanksgiving Day and accompanied Miss STEWART to South Carolina, and her name is now Mrs. RICHARDSON and Charley is better satisfied.

-Mrs. Sallie HARKEY, wife of Mr. J. J. HARKEY, died at her home in Jackson township last Tuesday. She was about 40 years old and leaves a husband and five children. She was a member of the Presbyterian church and was a devoted christian lady. Mrs. HARKEY was a daughter of Mr. J. J. McCAIN.

-Mr. Carl T. BLAKENEY, cashier of the Bank of Jefferson, and a most popular young man there as well as here, was married Wednesday afternoon to Miss Jessie NELSON, daughter of Rev. J. S. NELSON of Charlotte. The couple came to Monroe Wednesday to visit their relatives, Mrs. J. E. STACK, sister of the bride, and Mr. P. B. BLAKENEY of Carmel, father of the groom….

-At the hearing before ‘Squire FLOW last Tuesday of Marion CUMMINGS, the negro who shot the Italian boy and man and killed their monkey, was bound over to court. Fred HOWARD, the white boy who was with CUMMINGS at the time of the shooting, was discharged.

-Miss Minnie LOVE, daughter of Mr. T. L. LOVE of Marshville, and Mr. Wilburn PRESSON were married last Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock, at the home of the bride’s parents at Unionville. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W. R. WARE. Mr. Charlie LONG was best man and Miss Bertha SECREST maid of honor….

-Dr. B. H. THURMAN, a prominent physician of Cheraw, was shot and killed by a tenant on his plantation last Tuesday.

-Bennettsville Special to Columbia State. William A. SMITH, a well known citizen of the northern part of this county, was killed in a peculiar and horrible manner between his home and Cheraw Saturday night… [lengthy article]

-Mr. J. B. LITTLE, son of Rev. J. W. LITTLE, was married on Sunday to Miss Ella BELK. The ceremony occurred in South Carolina and was performed by Rev. J. M. WHITE.  The groom is teaching in Jackson township and boarding with Mr. S. P. WALKUP, where he carried his bride. The marriage was hastened by the fact that the bride’s father, Mr. Lark BELK, was to move to Arkansas yesterday, and the couple didn’t want to be separated.

-Mr. William I. CLARK, formerly of this county, died at his home in Chihuahua, Mexico, Sept. 13, 1904, at the age of 80 years. Mr. CLARK left his home here in 1848, going to Mississippi. The following year he, with his brother, Milas, who died in Mexico about two years ago, went to the gold fields of California and remained in that State until 1861, when he went to Mexico, where he married and made his home for the rest of his life. He was a brother of Mrs. D. C. LANEY of Mineral Springs, Mrs. N. L. KUCK of Sardis, and Mr. B. W. CLARK of Wolfsville.

-Sunday morning Miss Julia HOWIE, one of the young women operators at the central here, went to Charlotte, and was married to Mr. M. C. HOWIE. The ceremony occurred at the Queen City hotel, and was performed by ‘Squire HILTON. Miss HOWIE is the daughter of Mr. John H. HOWIE of Sandy Ridge. She was accompanied to Charlotte by her brother-in-law, Mr. Horace B. CLARK of the Savings, Loan and Trust Company. The groom is employed by the Standard Electric Company of Charlotte and they will make their home there. Mr. HOWIE formerly worked at the electric plant in Monroe.

-The Names of the Old Soldiers and the Soldiers’ Widows in This County Who Get Pensions…. [lengthy article]

-Miss Leola McCALL, the very popular operator of the Monroe telephone exchange, was married in Charlotte Sunday, at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Robert BIAS. The groom is Mr. G. T. SLATTERY of Bluefield, W.Va., and is in the employment of the Norfolk and Western railroad…..


December 13, 1904, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-M. LICHTENSTEIN, about 45 years old and unmarried, a member of the firm of LICHTENSTEIN & FLOW, of Monroe, was found dead in bed Friday morning. Death supposed to have resulted from the bursting of a blood vessel.


Tuesday, December 13, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-….Mr. Oliver McCARTER, a well known farmer of York county, was found dangling to a rope in the barn near his home in the Bethany neighborhood. Since his son, having become involved in some trouble, left home a year ago, the father had constantly brooded over the disgrace which his boy had brought upon himself… [lengthy article]

-Mr. Thomas LONG and Miss Florence HOUGH, both of Jackson township, were married Dec. 8th, by Henry McWHORTER, Esq.

-Mrs. James STINSON, living near Matthews, was accidentally shot and instantly killed by her nephew, Lester BLAIR, Saturday afternoon. The young man had been out hunting, and stopped at his aunt’s. She was sitting in the house quilting, and while standing on the steps with the gun across his knees, it was accidentally discharged, the load taking effect in her face.

-On the evening of the 7th inst., Mr. Wm. L. WALKUP of Jackson township was married to Miss Nannie STOVER of Lancaster county at the home of the parents of the bride. A large number of friends were present both from this, Kershaw and Lancaster counties. The attendants were Miss Nannie WALKUP, sister of the groom, and Mr. Rollie STOVER, brother of the bride, Miss Annie STOVER and Mr. Connie STEELE, and Miss Virginia ROBERTSON and Mr. Clarence RATCHFORD. Rev. J. M. ROGERS officiated.

-In the early part of last month, a colored woman of Chesterfield county, Charlotte NORWOOD, was bitten by a mad dog, and was at once carried to Charlotte, where a so-called madstone was applied. The woman went back home with the assurance that she would have no further trouble. But, on the contrary, says the Chesterfield Advertiser, “Charlotte was stricken in the field before the wound had healed. The first symptoms were noticed last Thursday when she was taken with vomiting and sick stomach. She continued to grow worse, and all Friday night she had one fit after another until death came Saturday afternoon.”

-The Daughters of the Confederacy of this place have taken up the matter of erecting a monument in memory of the Confederate dead of Union county….

-Mr. J. W. PRITCHARD, a young farmer who lived alone on his farm near Unionville, has lost his mind. His conduct was noticed as peculiar for a week, and on Sunday he was found in the woods a raving maniac. Dr. SMITH and some of the other neighbors succeeded in getting control of him, and he will be confined in the jail here until he can be gotten off to the hospital. He is thirty odd years old and was an industrious and quiet young man. He has before had two attacks of mental trouble, supposed by his neighbors to have been brought on by brooding over ideas of religion.

-Mr. Moses LICHTENSTEIN, one of the best known merchants of this place, of the firm of LICHTENSTEIN & FLOW, was found dead in his bed at the Central Hotel Friday morning…. The two brothers of the deceased, who live in Richmond, and his three sisters, who live in Tarboro, were wired the sad news, and on Saturday the Messrs. LICHTENSTEIN arrived and carried the remains of their brother to the old home at Richmond for burial. The deceased was 48 years old, and had lived here for twenty-seven years. He came here with Mr. LEVY, and for years these two ran a clothing and dry goods business together…. [lengthy article]


December 17, 1904, THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION (Atlanta, Georgia)

-Lewis JONES, a white man about 50 years of age, is in jail at Wadesboro [North Carolina], charged with the murder of his wife.  It developed at the coroner’s inquest that JONES had cruelly maltreated his wife and that on the following morning he reported her dead.  The coroner’s jury rendered  a verdict that Mrs. JONES had come to her death by strangulation and other maltreatment.  The arrest of her husband followed.


December 20, 1904, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Lewis JONES, 50 years old, was jailed at Wadesboro, Friday night, charged with choking his wife to death. He had been drunk and mistreated his wife. Thursday morning he reported that she was dead. When the neighbors called the woman’s body showed evidence of foul play and JONES was arrested.


Tuesday, December 20, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Mr. S. L. ALEXANDER of Charlotte and Miss Mary Ellen FLOW were married last Wednesday evening, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. FLOW, on Jefferson street….

-Mr. Enos HINSON, son of Mr. Jerre HINSON of east Monroe township, and Miss Bernie SMITH, daughter of the late Esq. J. W. SMITH of New Salem township, were married Wednesday, 14th inst….

-Mrs. Wincy LEE died at her home in Lanes Creek township last Saturday, 10th inst., after an illness of about four months with lung trouble. Mrs. LEE’S husband died about twenty-two years ago, leaving her with four small boys, and these she reared, giving them all of a tender mother’s care, managing her affairs well and doing nobly her double portion in life’s strenuous work. She was a devoted member of the Methodist church, and was a lady known for her good works. Mrs. LEE was a daughter of the late Mr. Harrison LEE, of sacred memory, and was the widow of the late Mr. John LEE. She was about fifty-two years old.

-At Mayodan, Rockingham county a few days ago, Ted DALTON was oiling his revolver when it was accidentally discharged and the ball pierced the head of a little child of Jo. ALLEY, killing it instantly.

-The Gazette says that the barn of Mr. Thomas PRICE, who lives near Leaksville, was burned Wednesday night of last week. Three mules, a horse, o lot of feed and farm machinery were burned with the building. Loss estimated at $1000.

-Mr. Elijah TARLTON and Miss Flonnie HELMS, both of New Salem, were married on Sunday by Rev. R. H. JAMES.

-Mr. W. A. HAGLER and Miss Bedie SIMPSON, both of Goose Creek, were married at the home of the bride’s father, Mr. Elijah SIMPSON, on Sunday…

-Mr. Richard SIMPSON of New Salem township died last night. He was 68 years of age, and was a Confederate soldier, belonging to the 48th. He was twice married, and his last wife, with several sons and daughters, survives him. The remains were buried this afternoon at the WILLIAMS burying ground.

-Mr. J. W. TILLINGHAST, a representative of the Stieff Piano Company, who last spring and summer spent a good deal of time here, died in Fayetteville last week…


December 24, 1904, THE PEE DEE ADVOCATE (Marlboro County, SC)

-Murray McLENDON married Miss Geneva BLANCH at Wadesboro, N.C. on Wednesday.  To reside in Bennettsville.


Tuesday, December 27, 1904, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, N.C.)

-Messrs. George and John BELK, two brothers who left this country forty-nine years ago, and now live in Fayette, Ala., are visiting relatives in Buford township.

-Mr. J. B. AUSTIN, son of Esq. A. J. AUSTIN of Goose Creek, and Miss C. E. BROOKS were married yesterday afternoon by Esq. I. A. CLONTZ, at the home of the bride’s mother.

-Mr. W. L. THOMAS, son of Mr. J. W. THOMAS of Lanes Creek, was married on Wednesday last to Miss Dora SMITH, daughter of Mr. Hollis SMITH….

-Miss Mamie PATE, daughter of Mr. J. A. PATE, and Mr. R. E. WILLIAMS, who holds a position with WEARN & Co. of Charlotte, were married in Charlotte last Wednesday night at 2 o’clock… They went from Charlotte to Hickory, the former home of the groom.

-Mr. A. B. McMANUS and Miss Bernice GODFREY were married at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. J. J. GODFREY of Jackson township, on the 22nd… After the marriage a reception was given at the home of Mr. A. M. McMANUS, the groom’s father. At the same hour, two other marriages occurred – Mr. Ed KING and Miss Annie ROBINSON, and Mr. Fulton HELMS and Miss Lillian NIVEN.

-There will be a double wedding at Wingate Wednesday afternoon at 5:30 that will be of considerable interest. The contracting parties are Prof. M. B. DRY and Miss Wilma PERRY, and Mr. C. A. BEDDINGFIELD of Raleigh and Miss Mary PERRY. The young ladies are sisters, and daughters of Mr. W. M. PERRY

-Mr. W. B. HINSON of New Salem township died last night. He was one of the oldest and best known men of the county. He was 74 years old last May. He was married twice. From the first union there are six children. His last wife, who survives him, is a daughter of Esq. W. H. AUSTIN of New Salem. From this marriage there are five children, the youngest but a year old. The funeral will be at the HINSON burying ground tomorrow at 3 o’clock.  During the war Mr. HINSON was a member of the home guards. He held to the Primitive Baptist faith. He was a hard worker throughout his life and acquired a great deal of property, being a large landowner, and holder of real estate in Charlotte and elsewhere. Until late years he carried on large farming operations, but with advancing age “took it easy,” as the expressions is.

-Mr. Rowland B. BAKER was married to Miss Jennie STARNES, daughter of Mrs. Malissa STARNES, last Sunday…

-Mr. Albert H. BOYTE died at his home in north Monroe at 7 o’clock Saturday afternoon. He was 83 years, four months and eleven days old. He had been in bad health for sometime and his death had been expected. The remains were buried here yesterday, after funeral service at the Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. W. R. WARE. Mr. BOYTE was one of the best old men in the country. Honest worth and integrity were a part of him, and all his long life was spent in the exercise of virtue and character. He was born in Bladen county, but came to this county before the war, settling in Goose Creek township. He moved to Monroe about 1889. Since about the year 1849 he had been a most earnest member of the Lutheran church. He went through the war as a member of Company I, 48th Regiment. At the battle of Bristow Station he was desperately wounded and given up for dead, lying eight days before his wounds were dressed. The kindness which a Federal soldier showed him at this critical time was never forgotten by Mr. BOYTE, who often expressed the wish that he might learn something of his benefactor. The soldier brought him water and gave him a blanket, when Mr. BOYTE was likely to die of thirst and cold. Recovering seemingly from his wound, he went back to the service, but the old wound reopened and again came near killing him. From it he was crippled for life. The deceased leaves three brothers: Josiah BOYTE of Memphis, Tenn., M. F. BOYTE of Monroe, and J. C. BOYTE of Charlotte. Five sons and two daughters survive him. They are J. M., John H., and A. W. BOYTE  of Monroe, W. A. BOYTE of Oakdale, Washington State, and Dr. E. C. BOYTE of Mt. Holly; and Mesdames T.A. MOSER of Mt. Pleasant, and J. M. DIXON of Goose Creek. He was twice married and is survived by his last wife. The family of Mr. BOYTE desire The Journal to say that they are very grateful for the aid of the many friends and neighbors who showed them kindness, and also to the Monroe Telephone Exchange, which was especially courteous.





March 31, 1905, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Journal, 28th: A very distressing accident, which resulted in the death of little Samuel ROGERS, the 8-year old son of Mr. Nace ROGERS, of the Belair section of Lancaster county, occurred about 1 o’clock Saturday before last. A shotgun in the hands of Mr. ROGERS was accidentally discharged and the little boy, who was standing a few steps away, received the full load of shot in his left side just above the hip, from the effects of which he died after much suffering.

-One of the saddest burials that ever occurred here took place at the SIMPSON graveyard, north of Monroe, last Thursday, when the little twin daughters of Mr. W. Baxter SIMPSON were buried in the same coffin. The little girls were four years old, and both died of pneumonia.


April 18, 1905, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: There are three maiden ladies, sisters, the Misses CLONTZ, living in one house in the northern part of this county whose ages aggregate 274 years. Their respective ages are 95, 92 and 87 years.


April 21, 1905, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-There is certainly one man in Union county who does things according to his own ideas, and most of his ideas are not only original but unique.  He is Mr. L. MEDLIN, now running a mercantile business at Marshville.  On his stationery he has printed these words:

            “We trust in God, buy and sell for cash, we owe no man anything but love.  Our motto: Quick sales and short profits for spot cash only, and do unto others as we would have them do unto us.”

            Mr. MEDLIN follows his rule. Mr. VANDERBILT couldn’t come any nearer buying a nickel’s worth on a credit at his store than the poorest man in Union county.


June 6, 1905, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-An act of the last Legislature provided for the establishment of a medical dispensary in Monroe – a place where liquor is sold only on prescription. Union county is a strict prohibition county and nowhere in Union can liquor be legally sold except in this dispensary, and it can be obtained there only on the prescription of a physician. The dispensary began business June 1 and the Enquirer says it started with only $157 worth of goods, “and a part of this stock is communion wine.” Evidently the dispensary expects to do small business; but if the doctors of Monroe and Union county are as free with prescriptions as the Charlotte and Mecklenburg doctors, that $157 worth of stuff won’t last a week.


July 11, 1905, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-The Enquirer tells of a Monroe colored boy – Emanuel CUNNINGHAM – who has a head for business.  He bought two lemons for five cents and one cent’s worth of sugar, and on this investment of six cents he made in one day 65 cents in cash and a bucket and dipper.

-Luke HORN, colored, 17 years old, was drowned while bathing in a mill pond in Union county the other day.

-The bucket factory at Marshville, Union county, was destroyed by fire last Tuesday. Loss about $3,000, with $2000 insurance.


July 13, 1905, THE BLUEFIELD TELEGRAPH (Bluefield, West Virginia)

-Wife’s Information Led to His Arrest – One of Men Who Caused Fatal Seaboard Wreck is Captured.  Charlotte, N.C., June 12.  – George OWENS, a farm laborer and one of the criminals who caused the wreck of Seaboard Air Line passenger train No. 41 at Catawba Junction in September, 1904, in which disaster five persons were killed and sixty-five wounded, some of whom died later, has been captured at Waxhaw, N. C., and is now held in the Union county jail.  The prisoner offers to give information implicating others. OWENS wife gave the information that led to his arrest.


July 16, 1905, THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION (Atlanta, Georgia)

-Raleigh, N.C., July 15-The arrest of George OWENS, charged with train wrecking, is regarded as a very important one. He is closely guarded in jail at Monroe, Union county [N.C.]. He was arrested at Waxhaw, a little settlement which is having been the birthplace of Andrew JACKSON. The arrest was for robbery of a store, but it really is for a greater crime, the wife of OWENS having in a jealous fit told the secret which, since September 9 of last year, the Seaboard Air Line people have tried to fathom. On that day one of their trains was thrown from a bridge 30 feet and in a minute an extra freight train pitched headlong upon the wrecked passenger train, five persons being killed and forty injured.





February 27, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: Mr. Elbert CLONTS [Clontz], son of Mr. Ellis CLONTS, who lives in Cabarrus county, near the Union and Cabarrus line, was killed last Tuesday while hunting squirrels on the BOST old place. Mr. CLONTS cut down a tree which fell across his body. The young man lived for several hours, dying Wednesday morning about daylight. Deceased was 18 years old and was a clever young man.


Wednesday, March 14, 1906, THE GLEANER (Graham, Alamance Co., N.C.)

-J. W. LANCE, a book agent who shot and killed Ben HOOD, colored, near Waxhaw, S.C. (sic), last November, and who has since been in Charlotte in a hospital undergoing treatment for injuries which he alleges the negro inflicted, has been taken to Lancaster county, S.C., jail where he will be tried this month for killing HOOD.


Wednesday, March 21, 1906, THE GLEANER (Graham, Alamance Co., N.C.)

-The Monroe Enquirer says that Mr. Marley TREADAWAY, of New Salem township, Union county, was killed last Tuesday a week by a large limb from a tree striking him on the head.  A tree which Mr. TREADAWAY and another man cut down lodged against another tree, a limb broke off and striking Mr. TREADAWAY on the head inflicted injuries from which he died in a few hours.  He was 21 years old and had been married only two months.


April 10, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer, 5th: Virgie, the seven-year-old daughter of Mr. Robert BAKER, of Marshville township, was burned to death last Saturday. The little girl was in a field helping an older sister burn corn stalks when her clothing caught on fire. The older child tried to put out the fire, but became frightened and ran home to tell her mother, the child with clothing all aflame following close behind her. The mother reached the child and tore the burning clothing from her. The little girl was carried to the house, she being overcome by the flames and falling some distance from home, and lingered for several hours before death relieved her of her suffering. There was plenty of water within a few feet of where the terrible accident occurred, but the children were so excited they never thought of the water.


May 11, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Rev. R. T. N. STEPHENSON died suddenly of heart failure at his home at Polkton Saturday afternoon while at the woodpile cutting wood. Mr. STEPHENSON was formerly pastor of Polkton circuit, and being too old for further service he was placed on the superannuated list about two years ago by the Annual Conference. He was 71 years old and had spent most of his life in the Methodist ministry. His remains were interred at Morven Sunday. His wife and two daughters, both of whom are married, survive him. (Mr. STEPHENSON was known to many Statesville and Iredell people. He was a native of Alexander county and was a cousin of the late J. A. D. and the late Jos. W. STEPHENSON, of Statesville.)


May 22, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: Rev. Harmon D. KING died at his home in Buford township on the 15th inst. On the 17th of last October, Mr. KING celebrated his one hundredth birthday. He was twice married and was the father of 21 children, 13 of whom survive. He saw his children’s children to the fifth generation. Deceased was for a number of years in the ministry of the Baptist Church. He was a native of this county and spent nearly all of his long life in the county of his nativity.


June 1, 1906, NEW OXFORD ITEM (Gettysburg, PA)

-J. V. Johnson (white) was taken from jail at Wadesboro, N.C. by a mob and hanged for murder of his brother-in-law.


June 5, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer says the 4-year-old-son of Mr. John J. SMITH, of Lane’s Creek township, Union county, was playing on a chicken coop and rolled off. A nail in a slat of the coop penetrated his abdomen and he died from the injury two days later.


June 26, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-A special from Marshville, Union county, to the Charlotte Observer, says that while Dolly HARRILL, 3 year-year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sid HARRILL, was playing on a bed with some other children Thursday morning, she was shot and almost instantly killed by the discharge of a gun, which is in some way dislodged from the position it had in the corner.  The entire load of shot entered the little one’s hip at such close range that it almost severed the limb.


July 5, 1906, THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (Mecklenburg County, NC)

THE FOURTH AT MONROE. A Big Celebration There.

The Day Observed in Fitting Style by One of the Largest Crowds That Ever Assembled in Monroe – Parade, Tournament, Baseball Game and races Among the Features – The Prize Winners – A Thriving Little City.

            What the 20th of May is to Charlotte, the 4th of July is to Monroe.  With but few exceptions, every man, woman and child in Union County gathered there yesterday to participate in the celebration.  The Fourth has been observed in Monroe for several years past.  The exercises have been made more elaborate each year.  The celebration yesterday was a decided success as the 5,000 visitors will testify.

            They came in all kinds of vehicles.  Some walked, others rode.  Every mode of conveyance was pressed into service.  There were seen on the  streets, the twentieth century, rubber-tired zuggy and the anti-bellum carry-all, a type that is familiar to the older people, but seldom seen in use nowadays.  Union county’s good roads are second only to Mecklenburg’s.  All these lead to Monroe.  These roads did noble service yesterday, all of them contributing to the crowd that filled the city.

            The citizens, and especially the business men of Monroe, did everything in their power to see that all   enjoyed themselves.  There was an abundance of ice water at convenient points and all were invited to partake.  The citizens of the town threw open the doors of their homes and  received the visitors gladly.  None were  allowed to pass without a welcome.  Just such hospitality was dispensed as would make one want to return at the next possible opportunity.

            Messrs. W. C. HEATH, Charles ICEMAN, of the city, and Harry BECKLEY, of the county, were masters of ceremonies.  The big parade was formed near the graded school building at 10 o’clock.  After a half-hour had been spent in getting everything in shape, the procession started on its route through and around the business section of the city. The Steele Creek Band came first, being followed in turn by the local camp of United Confederate Veterans, the Monroe fire department, a number of industrial floats, and several very handsomely decorated buggies.  The marshals of whom there were 3-odd, brought up the rear of the procession, which was a most creditable one.

            Then followed an exhibition of the local fire department. The bicycle, foot and shoe races came next.  The last named was a very amusing affair.  A number of young men pulled off their shoes and cast them in a ring in the middle of the street.  The  prize was awarded to the young man  who first got his own shoes on.  This, and the bicycle race was won by Mr. Boggan BELK.  Then pen shuffle was won by Mr. Raymond McMANUS.  The prizes, amounting to $40 in cash, for the hose and reel races were given the Monroe fire department.

            In the afternoon a horse-back tournament was pulled off on the ball grounds west of the city.  Mr. HUDSON won the first prize, $10 in cash and a fine set of harness from the SIKES Company; Mr. F. A. OGBURN won the second prize; Mr. Emsley ARMFIELD, the third prize, and Mr. A. J. ROHR, the fourth prize. The exercises of the afternoon were brought to a close with the baseball game between Charlotte and Monroe, Charlotte being defeated by a score of 2 to 1.  A fireworks display took place near the ball grounds last night.

            A big dinner was given by the Daughters of the Confederacy, complimentary to the old soldiers of the county shortly after the noon hour.

            The committee on awards announced the following prize winners yesterday afternoon: The best industrial float was awarded to the Monroe Manufacturing Company; the best private float, to Vance township and the most tastefully decorated buggy to Miss Cornelia FAIRLEY.   The first, second and third prizes for the best decorated store fronts in the city were won by the HEATH Hardware Company, the Cash Mercantile Company and T. P. DILLON respectively.

            Incidentally it may be mentioned that Monroe is one of the most progressive little cities in the State.  Her progress within the past few years has been remarkable.  Her citizens are thoroughly up-to-date and public spirited.  The success of yesterday’s celebration was due largely to the fact that a number of these citizens interested themselves in it.  Union county is a most excellent county and Monroe a worthy county seat.


 August 25, 1906, THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION (Atlanta, Georgia)

-Raleigh, N.C., August 24: Governor GLENN positively declines to pardon Susie HANNON, the 12-year-old white girl, sentenced to four years and nine months in the penitentiary for killing a young man in Cabarrus county.  The governor says that though she is young, her character is very bad and she is under the influence of a vile father, so to pardon incurs sending her back to a life of shame and sin.  He says that later if she improves he will try to get her in a good home and grant a conditional pardon.  This ends a matter which has attracted much attention all over North Carolina.


October 2, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Marshville Home: Mr. W. T. ALLEN, carrier on route 2 from Polkton, whose wife died about four weeks ago, was married Sunday to Miss Lucy BILLINGSLEY, sister of his deceased wife. This is Mr. ALLEN’S third marriage and he is yet comparatively a young man.


October 5, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina)

-Mr. Jackson HUBBARD, of Polkton, Anson county, dropped dead Sunday night while on his way home from church.  Heart disease.


November 2, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Monroe Enquirer: Mr. Dock WATSON, of west Monroe township, has a clock – the old grandfather kind – that has been running about 165 years, with the exception of eight years when it stopped on account of a broken cog in one of its wooden wheels. That past master in regulating the old fashioned wooden works clocks, Mr. Oliver ROGERS, who is 81 years old, put in a new cog a few days ago and says that the old clock is good for a hundred more years of time keeping.


November 27, 1906, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-In the year 1865, Mr. Daniel D. ROGERS, of south Monroe township, bought a tract of land from Jack MEDLIN and his wife, Vinie MEDLIN. Before the purchase money was all paid Mr. MEDLIN and his wife both died. Mr. ROGERS looked up the children of Mr. and Mrs. MEDLIN and paid them their respective proportionate parts of the money due them. One of the children, a daughter, could not be located. Several years passed and Mr. ROGERS sold the land to Mr. C. A. WILLIAMS with the verbal agreement that WILLIAMS should pay the missing heir her part of the money if she should ever be found. Although forty-one years have passed away since Mr. ROGERS made the land trade with Mr. MEDLIN, and there has never been a scratch of the pen in the way of promise to pay the money, yet on last Friday that missing heir was located and her part of the money was paid over to her. Mr. WILLIAMS was under no legal obligation to pay a cent of the money, but he paid it nevertheless.




January 1, 1907, THE WASHINGTON POST (Washington, D.C.)

-Flagman’s Lantern Went Out While He Was Swinging Warning.  Norfolk, Va., Dec. 31 – The following official statement as to the cause of the wreck on the Seaboard Air Line Railway near Peachland, N. C., early Sunday morning, was to-day given out at the office of the first Vice President and General Manager GARRETT, of the Seaboard in this city: “About 9 p. m. December 29, an extra freight train moving north, while on an ascending grade near Peachland, sixteen miles north of Monroe, N. C., broke in two, on account of a drawhead pulling out.  A flagman was immediately sent back to hold passenger train No. 32, and the flagman claims that while swinging his lamp to stop No. 32 it went out, probably before the engineman of the approaching train had seen it.  An investigation is now being conducted.”


March 5, 1907, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-The Monroe Enquirer says that Mr. Marley TREADAWAY, of New Salem township, Union county, was killed last Tuesday by a large limb falling from a tree striking him on the head. A tree which Mr. TREADAWAY and another man cut down lodged against another tree, a limb broke off and striking Mr. TREADAWAY on the head inflicted injuries from which he died in a few hours. He was 21 years old and had been married only two months.


June 7, 1907, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-At Peachland, Anson county, Saturday, Jas. DIGGS, who was drinking and disagreeable, cursed and abused the little son of Dr. W. W. BARRETT. When the boy told his father of the occurrence the latter went to see DIGGS and asked for an explanation. In answer DIGGS applied a vile epithet to the doctor and advanced on him with an iron bar. After warning DIGGS not to approach further and the warning being disregarded, Dr. BARRETT shot DIGGS, inflicting a serious wound.


August 8, 1907, Messenger-Intelligencer  (Wadesboro, Anson Co, NC)

Short Locals – Mr. Worley GRIFFIN and Miss Effie BIVENS who live across the line in Union County went to South Carolina Sunday and were married. [contributed by Steve Bailey – Thanks, Steve!]


August 27, 1907, The Statesville Landmark, (Iredell County, N.C.)

-Concord Tribune, 23d. The dead body of Mangum MARTIN was found near the BROWN brickyard this morning about 10 o’clock by a little colored girl.  The man’s throat was cut and four bullet wounds found in his head.  About $400 in money and his watch were missing.  Mr. MARTIN has conducted a mercantile business on Corbin street, near the Cabarrus cotton mill, for several years, and was prosperous in his business…. [lengthy article]


August 30, 1907, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-In Lane’s Creek township, Union county, Sunday, Wriston STEWART shot his brother-in-law, Tobe KISER. One of KISER’S eyes was put out and he may lose the sight of the other if  he recovers, which is doubtful. STEWART has surrendered and is in jail. He claims self defense.


Tuesday, September 3, 1907, Our Home (Marshville, Union County, NC)

-Mr. E.J. PRICE and Miss Annie MARTIN, of Lanes Creek township, were married at Hornsboro Sunday, Esquire W.A. EVANS officiating.

-Mr. Henry RICHARDSON, son of Mr. and Mrs. S.S. RICHARDSON died last Monday morning at the home of his parents three miles south of Monroe... took Typhoid... over 26 years old...


October 29, 1907, THE LANDMARK (Statesville, NC)

-Mrs. Myrtle M. MAXWELL, of Raleigh, whose husband, Engineer S. E. MAXWELL, was killed in a wreck near Peachland, Anson county, about the first of this year, has compromised her claim against the Seaboard Air Line railroad for $10,000. Mr. MAXWELL was engineer of a passenger train which collided with a freight. In the crash he was caught between the engine and tender and slowly roasted to death before he could be rescued.




Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1909, MONROE JOURNAL (Union County NC)

-Mrs. Levy Temple died last Friday evening at her home here after a short illness. She was about twenty years of age and is survived by a husband and infant child. The remains were buried Saturday at Waxhaw Baptist church with funeral services conducted by Rev. W. F. Estridge.

-R. Parker MOORE, convicted last March in Chesterfield for the murder of Allen JORDAN twenty years ago, and sentenced to two years in prison, has been pardoned by Governor ANSEL and will at once return to his home and family in Texas, where he was living when discovered and arrested last fall.

-[Lengthy engagement announcement] Miss Pattie LEE to Mr. Warren STACK… The wedding will take place June 23rd in the First Methodist Church…. Miss LEE is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. LEE….

-Mr. E. C. INGRAM, formerly of Monroe, and Miss Etta MANNON of Hendersonville were married at the latter place last week.  The bride is a trained nurse who nursed Mr. INGRAM during his long illness some years ago.

-[Lengthy obituary of:] … Francis JOHNSTONE PARKER… She was born in Edenton, N.C., on March 31, 1854. She was a descendant of Gabriel JOHNSTONE, one of our Colonial Governors, and her ancestors for generations had been people of wealth, social position and culture…. In 1882 she married J. D. PARKER of Monroe, who with four children, two sons and two daughters, survive her…..

-Mr. W. E. BROCK, lately mayor of Wadesboro, and Miss Bessie ASHCRAFT, daughter of Mr. K. W. ASHCRAFT of that place, were married in Statesville last Thursday, where the bride was visiting.

-An accidental shooting took place near Ruby, S.C., and only a few miles over the line from this state, Saturday afternoon about 7 o’clock. Arch OLIVER, a young man about 19 years of age, was shot and instantly killed by 10-year-old Willis THURMAN, son of Mr. Joe THURMAN [while out hunting crows]….

-Mrs. Elizabeth GRIFFIN, wife of Mr. B. H. GRIFFIN of Buford township, died last Wednesday, after a long illness. She is survived by her husband, two children and her father, Mr. Thos. GAY.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church and a good woman.

-Mrs. Pearl MOORE of Abbeville, whose husband Engineer MOORE, was killed in a wreck a few weeks ago, has moved to Monroe and will live on East Windsor street.


February 1, 1909, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C.)

-Dies Suddenly of Apoplexy.  Mrs. Henry KIKER Falls Out of Chair and End Comes in Few Minutes.  Special to the Observer.

Wadesboro, Jan. 31. – Mrs. Henry KIKER dropped dead at her home in South Wadesboro this morning.  Apparently well when, she got up, she went about the house as usual, and after a while complained of pain in the head.  Sitting by the fireplace, she suddenly fell to the floor.  The end came in a few minutes.  Physicians pronounced it apoplexy.  Mrs. KIKER came from Marshville recently and the remains will be taken there tomorrow for burial.


Tuesday, March 23, 1909, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, NC)

-Mr. Henry KIKER of New Salem township died at Wadesboro, where he moved some time ago, yesterday morning.  His wife died six weeks ago.  The body was carried to New Salem for burial.


Tuesday, March 23, 1909, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER (Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, N.C.)

Mr. Henry KIKER, of Wadesboro, Special to the Observer.  Wadesboro, March 22. – Henry KIKER died at his home in south Wadesboro at 7:30 this morning.  Mr. KIKER came from Marshville to Wadesboro with his family the first of this year.  His wife died suddenly of heart failure the morning of January 31.  Mr. KIKER has been confined to his room for several weeks and for the past week had been seriously ill.  The remains will be taken to Marshville for burial.


Tuesday, March 23, 1909, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, NC)

-Mr. Asa HELMS, youngest and last son of the late Tillman HELMS of this county, died at his home nine miles west of Hot Springs, Ark., January 12th.  He was a faithful Confederate soldier, Company B, 43rd regiment N.C. troops, and left this county abut the year 1882.  he is survived by several children, one of whom is a Baptist preacher in Arkansas.


Tuesday, May 18, 1909  MONROE JOURNAL  (Union County, NC)

-As was mentioned in last week’s paper, Mrs. Jane SIKES died at her home in Monroe early on Tuesday morning last, the 11th. Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday at the Baptist church by Rev. D. M. AUSTIN of Charlotte, who spoke with great appreciation of the life and character of the deceased, whom he knew for twenty-five years. The funeral was attended by a large concourse of people. The pall bearers were Prof. O. C. HAMILTON, W. H. PHIFER, A. M. CROWELL, W. H. KRAUSS, R. L. STEVENS, Jas. H. WILLIAMS, H. A. SHUTE, J. E. LITTLE, A. W. BIGGERS, C. H. RICHARDSON, M. C. LONG and John I. LONG.

Mrs. SIKES was the widow of John C. SIKES, one of the best men the county ever had, and daughter of the late C. AUSTIN, and was seventy years old.  She was a woman of uncommon sense and judgment, as well as of real piety and marked christian character.  Her death, coming as it did almost simultaneously with that of her son-in-law, the lamented O. M. SANDERS, though not unexpected, was a terrible blow to her family, to whom her devotion was the mainspring of her life. She reared a large family of children, to whom she was always counselor and friend as well as loving mother.  Her home life was beautiful and in that home she was the leader, the inspiration, and the centre of attraction.  It was always the centre of hospitality for friends and the mecca to which the various members after leaving the roof tree always turned with pleasure and fondest anticipation.  For years before coming to Monroe the family lived on the plantation in northern part of the county, and that home was known far and wide as a place of hospitality for friends and acquaintances in all walks of life.  She was a devoted member of the Baptist church and one whose religion took a practical, helpful and inspiring interest in her fellow mortals, always ready to aid in whatever capacity her services were needed. The hearts that were left sad by her death are not limited to the members of her family. 

The children are Mrs. O. M. SANDERS, Dr. E. W. SIKES of Wake Forest College, Messrs. C. C., V. D., Vann and J. C. SIKES of Monroe, and Mr. O. J. SIKES of Sanford.


August 12, 1909, Messenger-Intelligencer (Wadesboro, Anson Co, NC)

-At a recent meeting of the county pension board the following widows of soldiers were recommended for pensions: Mrs. S. F. BEVERLY, Mrs. Laura E. HUDSON and Mrs. A. E. STRICKLIN [Strickland ?], of Wadesboro township; Mrs. C. M. CURLEE, Mrs. Lucy DIGGS, Mrs. Mary Jane GORDON, Mrs. Eliza E. MEEKS and Mrs. Mary F. MOORE, of Lanesboro township; Mrs. Ellen BURR and Mrs. Nancy Jane SHORT of Morven, and Mrs. Susannah LOWRY of Whites Store.


August 19, 1909, Messenger-Intelligencer  (Wadesboro, Anson Co, NC)

-Mrs. Lucy DIGGS died last Thursday at her home just across the line in Union county, aged 72 years.  She is survived by two sons, Messrs. Jas. DIGGS, of Peachland, and Cammie [sic: Cannie] DIGGS, of Union county.  [Note: She was Lucy BAUCOM, wife of Dudley Daniel DIGGS, and daughter of Willis BAUCOM].


Tuesday, Oct. 19, 1909, Monroe Journal (Union Co, NC)

-Mrs. Martha Tarlton died Sunday night at her home at Rock Hill after an illness of several days. Paralysis was the cause of her death. Mrs. Tarlton is survived by her husband and five children. They lived in this community until about a year ago when they moved to Rock Hill. The remains were brought to Waxhaw Baptist church Monday and buried there at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.


Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1909, Monroe Journal (Union Co, NC)

-Mrs. Mariah KING, wife of Rev. M. C. KING, died on the 6th instant at her home in Chesterfield county. Mrs. KING’S maiden name was KNIGHT and she was born in Chesterfield county, S.C. April 12, 1837 and was therefore over 72 years old. For many years she made her home in this county…. Four sons survive: J. E. & W. T. KING of Chesterfield county, R. L. KING of Vidalia, Ga., R. M. KING of Concord…. Sister Tressie BLACKMON of this county…


Tuesday, December 21, 1909, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, NC)

Christmas Dance

The Monroe Cotillon (sic) Club have issued invitations to their Christmas dance, which will take place at the hall Tuesday evening, December 28th.  Johnson’s orchestra of Rock Hill has been engaged to furnish the music.  This dance will be the most pleasant ever given by this club.  They were very fortunate in getting the famous Johnson’s orchestra to furnish the music.

Christmas Festival

            The four churches on Prospect circuit, Bethlehem, Carmel, Prospect and Trinity are arranging to have a Christmas festival.  They are preparing a suitable program for the occasion and the members will exchange presents.  A special feature of these festivals will be a tree on which the members of the church and Sunday school will hang gifts for the “children’s home.”  This is an orphanage just started this year by the Methodists of the Western North Carolina conference.  The pastor, Rev. G. C. Brinkman, wishes us to inform those desiring to know, that anything to eat, wear or for housekeeping will be appreciated.

            The entertainments will be at Trinity Friday afternoon; Prospect, Friday night; Carmel, Friday, one o’clock; Bethlehem, Christmas night.


The First Baptist church Sunday school will make an offering to the Thomasville Orphanage on next Sunday, consisting of apples, oranges, candies, nuts, etc.  Each child is requested to carry something of their Christmas treat.  The grown folks are not prohibited from taking part.  The Sunbeams and Royal Ambassadors will give a program.  The parents and older folks are specially invited.  Three o’clock. 


There will be a Christmas tree at H. M. BAUCOM’s store, in Goose Creek township, on Christmas day at 3 o’clock.


There will be a Christmas tree at North Monroe church Friday night.  Talks by Rev. W. T. ALBRIGHT and Mr. Hal ADAMS.


There will be a Christmas tree at Sandy Ridge School house in Buford township December 25th at 7 p.m.  The public is cordially invited.


Christmas exercises at the Lutheran church Friday evening, December 24th.  Christmas tree for the children of the Sunday school.  Exercises to begin at 7:30.  Public cordially invited.



Tuesday, December 28, 1909, THE MONROE JOURNAL (Union County, NC)

-Mrs. S. J. WELSH lately received from her uncle in Ireland, Mr. William MCCARTEN, as a Christmas present, a check for 100 pounds sterling, $480 in American money.

-The Episcopal Sunday School will have their Christmas tree at the church on Thursday evening at 7 o’clock.





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