Selmer Newspaper Clippings for 1930
CARDS OF THANKS
I take this method of expressing thanks to all who extended so many kindnesses during the recent sickness and death of my father, Calvin Wooten. They will always be treasured.
A. O. Wooten
Former McNairian Dead
Mrs. Taylor McAfee, age 51, died suddenly at her home in McRae, Ark. December 23,1929. She was the oldest daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Weatherford, and was born and reared in Hardin county where she remained until 19 years ago, when she and her husband moved to Arkansas.
She leaves a husband and five children, all of McRae, Ark. two sisters, Mrs. E. L. Holmes of Caruthersville, Mo., and Mrs. H. S. Browder of Gravelhill, one brother, L. R. Weatherford, of Selmer.
Mrs. Lilyan Hurley, teaching at Okolons, Claud, of Trenton, and Mrs. J. R. Stevens, of Memphis, were visitors in the home of their parents, C. C. Turner and wife last week.
Aunt Donie Chambers, one of the highly respected colored women of Falcon, died at her home several days ago after a brief illness of pneumonia. She is survived by her husband, Jim Chambers, and three children.
We regret to learn of the recent death of Thomas Moore, as good a citizens as lived in the 2nd district. He had been in bad health a long time. He had a host of friends. We extend sympathy to the family.
Dr. and Mrs. W. W. Wallace and children, Miss Dottie and James, and guest, Misses Delma Ruth Fisackerly, Delilah Greer and Eleanor Jeans, of Memphis, were in Selmer a short while Saturday afternoon.
Mr. and Mrs. Ed A. Brown of Rawlins, Wyo., are here visiting her parents, John R. Swain and wife. Ed is a conductor on the Union Pacific, and one of the finest young fellows ever raised in McNairy county.
Gilbert Combs, of Dallas, Texas was here spending the holidays with his parents, A. H. Combs and wife.
L. R. Weatherford was called to McRae, Ark. last week to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Taylor Kendrick.
Mr. and Mrs. Troy Wolfe of Nashville were here with home folks during the holidays.
DEATH OF OLD CITIZENS
Calvin Wooten, aged 81 years, died at the home in the 18th district on December 20, 1929, a victim of a stroke of paralysis which he suffered only a few days before his death. The deceased was born and reared only a short distance from where he died, being a son of Ezekiel Wooten, who settled in the community in the early part of the last century.
For several years he was a member of the county court from his district, and took an active part in all matters pertaining to his section. He was very active for one of his age, and from his home nearly twenty - five miles away, he was accustomed to ride horseback from there to Selmer.
On the day following his remains were laid to rest in the old family graveyard on the eminence just across from where he died, and within which graveyard repose the ashes of many of the early settlers of that section. Men and women, who lived there one hundred years and more ago. It is said that in this same burying grounds are the remains of Indians, so old is this place and so many were the Indians that roamed that section a century ago.
Esq. Robert Merrell and the Messrs Depoyster, father and son, paid appropriate tribute to these venerable citizens, their old friends and neighbor. Surviving him are his wife and two sons, Dolphus and A. O. Wooten, the latter a citizen of Selmer.
Mrs. E. H. Hockaday Called By Death
Mrs. E. H. (Florence) Hockday died suddenly at her home four miles east of Selmer on the afternoon of December 21, 1929. A few hours before she was stricken with apoplexy, rendering her at once unconscious, and from which she never revived. She was doing her household duties when she was seen to stagger and falling into the arm of her aged father - in - law and mother - in - law she was laid upon the bed. Grady Abernathy, her youngest brother who has been carrying the rural mail by her home of his sister for more than twenty years, in keeping with his every day custom, went onto the room, and there found his sister. He came hurriedly to town, and there found her husband, and medical aid was hastily summoned, and everything was done that it was humanly possible to do.
Death came a 1 o'clock in the afternoon.
The deceased was in robust health and there was no intimation of the impending dissolution. Her death was a great shock to the community and cast a pall over the coming Christmas season, to which she had always looked forward with so much happy and joyful anticipation.
On the following afternoon funeral service were held in the home in Selmer where once she lived with her father and mother, the late M. R. and Rachel Abernathy, and in which both had died, the former in December 1899, and the latter in July, 1925. Elder N. B. Hardeman delivered a most appropriate and comforting funeral sermon. Col. J. W. Purviance, who had known her since childhood, paid a beautiful and touching tribute to her memory. Old time songs were sung. Following the service in the home. The remains were taken to Oak Hill cemetery, and carrying out her expressed desire, they were laid to rest beside those of her father and mother, her brother, Terry and Wisdom, and little nephew.
Mrs. Hockaday was born in Savannah on the 23d of December, 1872. She was the third child in the large family of children, and was educated in the school taught by her father. For a long time she was one of the popular and efficient public school teachers, and was an accomplished musician, having taught music for a long time.
She was a tireless worker; read lots and was wonderfully well informed. In her early life she united with the Christian church under the preaching of the late Rufus P. Meeks, and was a consistent Christian to the day of her untimely taking away. She was passionately fond of the people and of the old and of the children.
In 1907 she married E. H. Hockaday, and after that lived with him and his parents in the old home near number 15, and in that she spent the latter years of her life. There she was happy in the companionship of her husband and his father and mother, to all of whom she was most devoted.
She survived by four brothers, W. K., O. S., J. W., and H. G. Abernathy, and three sisters, Mesdames J. H. Bigger, C. B. Steadman and J. E. Lett.
Van Wardlow visited his sister, Mrs. W. B. Hooker recently.
JANUARY 10, 1030
John Jones Dies
We have just learned of the death of John Jones which occurred at his home in east Selmer Wednesday night. For a long time he has been confined to his home and in a critical condition. The deceased is survived by two sons, Marvin and Ira, and a daughter, Mrs. Ed McCullar.
He was a good man, loyal in friendship and devoted to his people.
E. M. Lunceford and wife,of Dallas, Texas are visiting her father,E. W. Wyatt.
N. P. Geletovitch and wife, of Sherffield, are visiting her parents, W. R. Ramsey and wife.
We regret to lose our neighbor, Jess Robinson and wife, who moved to Selmer.
Robert Banks, colored employee of Morgan and Hill was instantly killed Saturday afternoon three miles east of Selmer. He fell from a fast moving truck, his head striking the concrete pavement, fracturing his skull being crushed . The body was shipped to his home in Mississippi.
On December 23 the death Angel called away from the sense of his earthly labors our friend and neighbor, Thomas Paine Moore. He was born June 3 1857, in the second district of McNairy county, where he spent the greater part of his life.
He was married to Elizabeth Caroline Johnson in October 1888. To this union were born ten children, one dying in infancy, and Lenah who died in 1925. The eight living are Mrs. J. T. McMahan, Miss Pearl Moore, W. P., J. O., E. l., H. T., J. P., and C. C. Moore. All reside in this county except J. O. and C.C., who reside in Hardeman.
He was a kind father and devoted husband and a good neighbor. He was always ready to help those in need. Mr. Moore was busy all the time attending to his own business and never meddled with the other fellow's.
His word was his bond. If all lived like he did, we would not have any use for courthouses or jails.
Bro. Etheridge of Middleton conducted the funeral at old Mount Pleasant On December 26, and there the boy was laid to rest. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea saint the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them. "Rev. 14. 13. He obeyed the Gospel under the preaching of Bro. Sparkman in August, 1887, and lived a Christian the remainder of his life.
DEATH OF ARNOLD FULGHUM
Arnold Fulghum, aged 38, died in a Memphis hospital on the 5th of January, 1930, after a long illness. R. B. Gooch brought the body to Selmer. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church Monday morning, after which burial was in Oak Hill cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. H. Maxedon, assisted by Rev. J. W. Wallace and Rev. W. S. Lockman, of Memphis.
The deceased was the son of the late Neely and Lula Lockman Fulghum and lived here for a long time, where he was well liked.
Beside many other relatives he is survived by two brothers, Hubert and Charles, of Memphis and three sisters, Mesdames H. M. Hooper, of Jackson, H. H. Kenley, of Memphis, and R. S. Reeder, of Selmer.
DEATH OF MRS. SALLIE HENDRIX
Mrs. Sallie Hendrix died at the old home place in the New Salem community January 1, and her remains laid to rest the following afternoon in Buena Vista cemetery. Rev. J. E. Gault conducted the funeral in the presence of a large gathering. She was the widow of the late James Hendrix and both represented old and prominent families of the county. She was the daughter of W. H. D. Maxedon. Three of her brothers, J. B. , P. J. and J. E. Maxedon, reside here. Several children survive.
Mrs. W. E. Tedford of Los Angeles, Cal., sent in her subscription to the Independent this week. She writes that her husband, W. E. Tedford, and Roscoe, were all enjoying splendid health.
J. N. Wilkinson of Coats was in Monday and renewed his subscription to the Independent. The Independent has been going into the Wilkinson family since it was established more than fifty years ago by Col. J. W. Purviance at Purdy. Mr. Wilkinson's father was Eli Wilkinson, one of the county's pioneer citizens who died nearly a half century ago, and his mother was a sister of the late lamented Rev. J. H. Curry.
J. F. Tate was in to see us Wednesday. He will move with his family to Terlton, Okla., by the 15th of January. Mr. Tate was a citizen here for several months, operating the Acme Cafe.
DEATH OF J. D. A. Coleman
Death removed from our midst on the morning of January 13, 1930, one of its oldest citizens in the person of J. D. A. Coleman, a retired railroad man, and a representative of a prominent McNairy county family. He had been in failing health for a long time, and his death was not a surprise to those familiar with his condition. He died in his apartment on the second floor of the old Prather store building.
The deceased came to Selmer from Falcon in 1891, and was the first station agent of the railroad here, a position he held for a great many years, retiring on a pension by the company long and efficiently and most faithfully. During the years he was with the company here and at Falcon, he made friends of all who came in contact with him. He was kind and courteous in his dealing with the public, and held the esteem and the full confidence of his employers.
He was one of the organizers of the First National Bank and its first president.
In the latter seventies he came to Falcon from the country west of there, and entered the school of the late M. R. Abernathy, being a student at Falcon as long as his old teacher remained there. The school was taught in the old building on the hill east of town. He took up telegraphy, and went into the depot with Jo Williams the station agent there, fifty years ago, he being the son of the late Rev. W. J. Williams.
When the county seat came to Selmer from Purdy, Mr. Coleman came to Falcon and has been in Selmer all the time since.
Tuesday afternoon his remains were laid to rest in the Falcon cemetery, Rev. J. B. Maxedon conducting the funeral. Surviving him are brothers and sisters and many other relatives.
THE FERGUSON FAMILY
On a recent visit to Selmer one of our venerable friends, Mrs. Victoria King, became somewhat reminiscent, and gave us some interesting information.
She is past three score and ten years of age, and was born where her youngest brother, Will Ferguson home place, established nearly a hundred years ago. Mrs. King is the youngest daughter in a family of nine children. Her parents were Jack and Polly Ferguson, and her grandfather and grandmother were Joshua and Polly Ferguson, who also lived and died in the same neighborhood in the early part of the last century.
The children of Jack and Polly Ferguson are; J. H. Ferguson aged 86; Mrs. Lawson King, long since deceased; Stant, now dead; Sarah, who married John King, and is dead; John King being the deceased husband of Mrs. Victoria King; Dock Ferguson, Margaret Foster; Mes. King, and Will Ferguson.
Sulphur Springs is the old burying ground, and in it are the ashes of many of her people. Mrs. King enjoys good health, and with her daughter, Miss Bell, visits Selmer often.
John Stovall, a pioneer settler, married a sister of Jack Ferguson.
Brief mention was made in last week's Independent of the death of John Jones, which occurred at his home in east Selmer on Jan. 9, 1030.
The deceased was 67 years old on the 6th of last December. He was well known in the community. He has lived in McNairy county all his life. He was an honest, upright man, very loyal to his friends and dearly loved to mingle with them. He was a member of the Methodist church for a long time. He married Miss Nannie Kirkman Jan. 8, 1891. This beloved companion of his youth died 31 years ago, leaving him with four little children, the youngest being only 11 months. He never remarried, but brought up his little brood alone, thus filling the place of both father and mother to them. How well he performed the undertaking we can judge, for it would be hard to find two finer boys in our county than the two sons Marvin and Ira Jones, or two better women than his daughters, Mrs. Ed McCullar and Mrs. Pearlie Hines, all of whom proved their love and gratitude for him by tenderly caring for him through his declining years. He had been failing gradually for several years, in fact he never seemed to quite regain his usual cheerful spirits after the world war, which took from him for a time, both his sons, necessitating the breaking up of their little home. His grief during their absence seemed to cast a shadow over his life, and his joy upon receiving them back alive was touching to see.
They made a home for him with them and saw that he had every attention and comfort to the end, remembering how he had watched over and cared for them when he was strong and they were helpless infants.
He was laid to rest at old Mt. Pleasant after appropriate funeral services were conducted by Bro. Job Maxedon in the presence of a number of relatives and friends.
Mrs. Dave Pool of Corinth visited her father, Esq. W. B. Hooker, who is quite sick.
J. A. Crocker, an old and valued employee of the Southern Railway at Pocahontas, was in Selmer the first of the week, the guest of his daughter, Mrs. Vernon Robinson. He was accompanied by another daughter, Mrs. Mabel Reddick, of Oklahoma City, OKLA.
JANUARY 24, 1930
FORMER PURDY CITIZEN DEAD
We are in receipt of a letter from George M. Denny, of Ft. Smith, ARK. announcing the death of his brother - in - law, W. B. Pool, which occurred at his home at Stamps, ARK. on the morning of January 17. Mr. Pool was eighty years of age. Formerly he lived at old Purdy, where he was born, and where he was in business for many years, living on what was called Back Street, a short distance from the old Kincaid tavern lot. He was the son of R. W. Pool and his mother was Rachel Worthington, both pioneer settlers, and representatives of the first families of the county. His father was one time a merchant of the town of Purdy, his store being on the old Curry Hotel lot, on the north side of the old stage road. There is only one of the old family left, and that one being Mrs. George M. (Mollie) Dennie, of Ft. Smith.
Mr. Dennie and family and the Pool brothers, Bliss and Dan, moved to Arkansas about forty years ago, and both of the brothers are now dead.
W. F. Braden Is Dead
Willie Fulton Braden, 32 of Henderson, Tenn., died at the Baptist Hospital at 1:40 o' clock yesterday morning, following an illness of several weeks. Mr. Braden traveled this territory for several years as a salesman. Funeral service will be held at Henderson. The body will be forwarded by Spencer - Sturia this morning. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Braden, Henderson; two brothers, E. W. Braden of Memphis and Earl Braden, of Henderson and a sister, Mrs. T. H. Smith. Memphis Commercial Appeal of Monday, Jan. 20, 1930.
The father and mother W. B. Braden and Annie McKinney were born and reared in Purdy, the former the oldest son of the late W. H. Braden and his mother the daughter of the late Judge James F. McKinney, his parents were married in Purdy.
C. C. Graham Celebrates
88th Birthday Anniversary
C. C. Graham, living a mile west of Selmer, has recently celebrated his eighty - eighht birthday, and is hale and hearty for one of his age. He was born within a mile of where is now called the Lockman property on the west side of the town. The house in which he was born is torn down, but the place is easily seen. It was on the side of the old stage road, and by it passed in the early days of the county many of the celebrated characters of the state and nation.
Mr. Graham has seen many changes in the years that have come since that day in January when he first saw the light of day. The Mexican war has been fought since then, the civil strife between the States, beginning at Bull Run and ending at Appomattox, has been ended for sixty - five years, Indian wars have taken their toll, the survivors of the sixties and their sons have engaged in the conflict of 1898, and the World War has been fought and has been over for twelve years.
The old stage coach is gone and its contemporary institutions have passed away. New things and an entirely new order are in the place of the old. Today, right through the old home place runs a concrete highway, crossing at right angles the old stage road. Motor vehicles pass by at sixty and seventy miles an hour, taking the place of the old method of travel at about five and six miles an hour.
The old tallow dip and brass lamp have yielded to the effulgences of the incandescent, and right where darkness reigned supreme in the fields and in the nearby hollow after the sun has gone thought the Hesperian gateway, are the bright and shining lights of a great power company. Bus lines with motor equipment carry passengers and freight by the old home place every day.
But Mr. Graham still lives and loves to live. A lover of the fox chase and of the outdoors into which he has been so much, he is now retired to the quietude of his home, and in memory hears the invigorating and soul stirring music of his old dogs, to follow which in the years that are gone, gave him so much joy, and because of which, as he feels, his days have been lengthened until this good year 1930.
Only one other of this old family lives in this county, Alvin, a brother, more than 80 years of age.
DEATH OF MRS. WM. JENNINGS BRYAN
Mrs. Wm. Jennings Bryan, widow of the Commoner Wm. Jennings Bryan, who died suddenly in Tennessee some years ago, died at the home of a daughter in California on the 21st. She was 68 years of age. In her early married life she studied law, and was admitted to the bar. She was a woman of wonderful attainments and an inspiration to her illustrious husband.
Estella Barlow, a highly respected colored woman of this community, and wife of Quincy Barlow, died at her home this week. She is survived by her husband and eight little children.
DEATH OF ALBERT MASSEY
Albert Massey, a prominent citizen of the south - western part of Chester county, died at the home this week and was buried at Cave Springs on Wednesday afternoon. He was well known in this county.
JANUARY 31, 1930
The many friends of Mrs. Julia Leatherwood, widow of the late J. V. Leatherwood, will be grieved to learn of her sudden death, presumably of heart disease. She was found dead in bed Tuesday morning by her brother, J. W. Wardlow, of Ripley, Mississippi, with whom she made her home. Although she was known to have a weak heart she had suffered no acute attacks and her death came as a great shock to the family. She was sixty - eight years of age and had been a member of the Christian church for many years. She is survived by four children and several brothers and sisters, of whom a daughter, Mrs. J. W. Reeder, a sister, Mrs. S. K. Fowlker, and a brother V. B. Wardlow, lives here.
News was received here Monday of the death of Walter Reed which occurred in a hospital in Martin Sunday night. He was struck by an automobile, when he stepped onto the highway from behind another car. Mr. Reed was a member of one of the oldest families of the county and formerly lived here. He left to become identified with a bank at Obion. He retired a few years ago and located on a farm near Terrell. He was a successful business man and a useful citizens. Friends here regret to hear of his untimely death.
Mrs. Ella Gann, wife of Harold Gann of Corinth, and daughter of T. J. Hamm, of this place, died at her home last Saturday. She was sick for several months. Her remains were brought here for burial Sunday. Rev. Hardwick conducting the funeral. She was forty years old.
T. J. Hamm is confined to his room on account of a sprained ankle sustained in a fall.
FEBRUARY 7, 1930
J. R. Hurley and son, Lee, were called to Morris Chapel Monday to attend the bedside of his brother, George Hurley, who died Monday. He was 63 years old, and was born near Chewalla, removing here with his parents when a young man. He was a son of Rebecca Hurley.
Elmer Whittaker recently lost a good mule.
Henry Wardlow suffers much from cancer, he is no better.
George Michie is on the sick list this week.
P. F. Dixon died at his home here on February 4, at the age of 95 years.
DEATH OF MRS. DAVE BROWN
Mrs. Dave Brown died recently at her home in the second district. Burial was in the old family graveyard. The deceased was most highly esteemed by all who knew her. She represents a pioneer family of the county, being the daughter of the late Pete Leonard.
MRS. WARNER WYATT IS DEAD
Mrs. Warner Wyatt died at her home on Main Street at 7 o' clock Sunday night. She had been sick for a long time and her death was not unexpected. While an invalid for a long time, she bore her suffering patiently and without complaint. She was 73 years of age, and leaves a surviving husband and many other relatives. She has a brother, J. S. Simmons, of New York, who was unable to attend the funeral. Rev. J. B. Maxedon and A. L. Dickerson conducted the funeral at the Methodist church on Monday afternoon and burial was held in Oakhill cemetery.
WELL KNOWN CITIZEN DIES
William (Bill) Rickman died at his home in the 13th district last week. He was about 70 years of age, and was well known in the eastern and south eastern part of the county. Surviving him are many relatives.
FEBRUARY 14, 1930
The sad news has just reached us of the sudden death of Mrs. Mattie Crowe Jones at her home in Kentucky. She was reared in Adamsville, a daughter of the late Gabriel S. Crowe.
ENGINEER MAXWELL DIES
M. P. Maxwell, aged 41 died suddenly in the Union Station in Memphis at noon last Sunday. He had gone there on Business and succumbed to a heart attack.
For about two years he had been resident engineer in charge of the construction of the first bond issue roads. Before coming to Selmer he was with the state highway department under former commissioner, C. N. Bass. He is survived by his wife and three sisters. Burial was at Winchester on Thursday.
Friends from Selmer forwarded a floral offering.
After months of suffering Mrs. Tine Coleman passed away January 31, at the home of her niece, Mrs. W. E. Kirkman. She was an esteemable Christian woman, a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. Surviving her, beside other relatives are two nephews, J. C. and J. E., Barnes and a niece, Mrs. Kirkman, who lives here. The funeral was conducted at Sulphur Springs by Rev. J. W. Wallace, of Selmer, and the body laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.
Edgar Hurley, of Kansas City, visited his aunt , Mrs. Leora Davis, recently. She has been right sick, but is slightly improved.
DEATH OF MRS. JAMES L. LITTLEFIELD
Mrs. James L. Littlefield died at her home in Adamsville on the evening of February 9, 1930. On the following afternoon the funeral was held in the Baptist church in the presence of one of the largest crowds that ever assembled there for a funeral occasion. The church was filled and many were unable to gain admittance. Rarely do so many relatives attend a funeral as was witnessed at this one. The attendance of so many relatives and friends was a beautiful tribute to the love and esteem in which this good woman was held. Rev. Richardson, her pastor, preached an impressive funeral sermon, after which the body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery. Six fine young fellows, her grandsons were the pall - bearers. R. B. Gooch was the undertaker in charge.
The deceased had been in ill health for a long time and an attack of pneumonia hastened her taking away. She was born on the 14th day of March, 1857, and married James L. Littlefield on the 6th day of December 1877. To this union eleven children were born, seven sons and four daughters, ten of whom survive. All of the children are grown and married. It was only a short time ago that the oldest sister, Mrs. J. W. Hickman, died. Beside her husband the following children survive, John Luther, Hartel, Edgar, Neal, Henry, Nathier and Charlie and Mesdames Mark Perkins, John J. Tidwell and W. M. Messer.
Adamsville had been the home of Mrs. Littlefield for more than forty years, and every one there and elsewhere who knew her loved her for the many traits of Christian character which she possessed.
FEBRUARY 21, 1930
Dr. Henry Sanders, prominent physician and big land owner of the Lawton community, was severely injured last Saturday afternoon when he was struck by an automobile driven by John W. Coffman, of Adamsville.
The accident occurred just west of Artie Gilchrist's on number 15. The horse ridden by the doctor was so badly hurt that it had to be killed. Dr. Sanders was knocked unconscious, and badly cut and bruised. His condition was such that his brother, Dr. E. G. Sanders, called for the R. B. Gooch ambulance and took him to Corinth hospital. The X - Ray examination showed that no bones were broken.
At the time of the accident the driver of the car and Dr. Sanders were going toward Adamsville.
The many friends of the Doctor wish for him a speedy recovery.
ESQ. W. W. Jopling DIES
Esq. W. W. Jopling died at the home eight miles east of Selmer on the evening of February 14, after an extended illness. The funeral services were held at the home the next afternoon conducted by his pastor, Rev. E. M. Mills, of Bemis, W. K. Abernethy, an old friend of the family paid a brief tribute. Burial was in old Prospect graveyard.
Mr. Jopling was the son of the late Frank Jopling and was born at the old home place four miles south of Purdy, December 16, 1866, and married Nitha Ann Ward in October 1888. Surviving him are his wife and two sons, William and Hugh, and a sister Mrs. Lee Browder and a brother, V. A. Jopling.
The deceased was a jovial, sunny - natured man, and made many friends. He was elected a justice of the peace years ago, and in health was most attentive to the duties of the office. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church.
Mrs. Mattie Crowe Jones, wife of Rev. J. E. Jones, pastor of the Methodist church at Milburn, Kentucky, died suddenly at her home February 12, 1930. Her remains were brought back to Adamsville to the home of her brother, E. S. Crowe. On the afternoon of February funeral service were held in the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. H. A. Butts. A large crowd of the old friends of the deceased assembled to pay tribute to her memory.
Mrs. Jones was reared in Adamsville, the oldest daughter of the late Gabriel S. Crowe a substantial citizen and prominent churchman in his day. She took an active interest in church matters and organized the W. C. T. U. at Adamsville a quarter of a century ago. Her influence for good was felt in every community where she went, and everyone loved her for the sweetness of her character.
Surviving her are her husband a daughter, Mrs. John W. Hamilton and three brothers, Evan S. Henry and Harbert and four sisters, Mrs. Cecil Curry, Mrs. Sam H. Butlers, Mrs. Leal Ernest and Mrs. Ressie Gray.
Friends from out of town were Rev. H. A. Butts, John Arnold wife and daughter of Kenton, Rev. H. W. Davis, Paducah, T. C. Davis, of Milburn, Ky. Roy Ebans, Milburn, J. M. Doty and family, E. M. Dollar and family and Mrs. Eber Harris, Memphis, Linell Daws and wife, John Pope and Clarence Dodds, Luray and Mrs. John McDougal, Winons Mississippi.
A few more reminiscences, as I aimed to write soon after my other article, but was prevented by the death of my daughter, Mrs. Florence Brown of Jackson, and was sick so long after that.
I see Mr. Conner still writes, I went to school to a Mr. Conner at Beech Bluff, an uncle of his, I suppose. I would like to know what became of his daughters, Margaret and Ann. He was a preacher, and his school is the only one I ever went to where the boys and girls were taught in separate schools. Dear old Purdy of the long ago was a little inclined to be aristocratic. I lived there when that fine brick college was built, and we left there in 1861.
I suppose most people know that 75 and 80 years ago steamboats used wood as fuel. I remember being on a boat when it ran a race from Natchez, Miss., to Memphis. There used to be a lot of hands in the Mississippi river bottoms cutting wood for the boats. There was a man his wife and three children living afterward, leaving the three little children alone. The oldest child, was a girl 7 year old. There were no neighbors and the children were alone with their dead mother. The wolves would howl around the cabin at night. The girl heard the sound of an axe and went to the sound and there found an old Negro man chopping wood He took them out and brought them to someones home and spent a night with my grandfather Lumpkins and they told me of the circumstance. Some 40 years ago there was an article in the Globe Democrat telling of this pathetic incident.
Strange things do happen.
Mrs. Sallie L. Wolverton,
DEATH OF J. ED GOOCH
J. Ed Gooch, aged 50 years, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Maud Henneberry, on Main Street here, on the evening of February 13, and was buried in Oak Hill cemetery the following afternoon. Funeral service conducted by Rev. A. L. Dickerson and J. W. Wallace were held in the Methodist church in the presence of a large audience.
Ed Gooch, as everybody here knew him, had many friends. He was the second son of the late Henry Clay and Florence Gooch, and was born at Falcon, removing with his parents to Selmer in the early nineties. His father built the residence now owned by M. E. Lee, on Cypress Avenue. There the family lived until its removal to the Gooch hotel a long time ago.
The deceased had been an invalid for months, but in the home of his sister he was given every attention by her and others of his relatives.
Only three of this once large family survive, they being Mrs. Finlay Ammons, Dan B. Gooch and Mrs. Maud Henneberry.
E. E. Walker, aged 50 years, took his life on the afternoon of February 17, in a room in his home just south of Bethel Springs. He shot himself through the heart with a pistol.
Brooding over financial trouble and litigation is said to have unbalanced him, reports being that he has been in a farmer, and recently purchased the Hartman farm, moving there from his old farm north of McNairy. Surviving him are his wife and several children and other relatives, Esq. Walker, of the 16th is a brother.
Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Sharon Dies In Selmer
Mrs. Susan Elizabeth Sharon died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. L. Haynes, on the evening of February 19. She had been sick for a long time. Funeral services were conducted in the home the following afternoon by Rev. A. L. Dickerson and J. W. Wallace. Burial was in Oakhill cemetery, R. B. Gooch was the undertaker in charge.
The deceased was the widow of Rev. Thomas Sharon a Methodist minister who died in Kentucky thirty - five years ago. He served charges in this county preaching here and at Falcon.
She is survived by two daughters and a son, several grand - children and six great grand - children.
Miss Velma Wardlow spent Saturday night with Miss Rosa Huggins.
Thetus Wardlow spent Saturday night with O. English.
Miss Rosa Huggins and Velma Wardlow went to O. K. Wardlow's Saturday.
Cage Wardlow and wife came home Saturday night from Alton, Illinois.
Jack Wardlow and wife have a new boy, they named it Cresteen.
R. A. Poindexter and son, Armon, from the 10th district called to see us recently and renewed their subscription to the Independent. Mr. Poindexter is a nephew of "Uncle Buck" Poindexter, who will be 100 years old next January. He lives near Shiloh National Park, and except for deficient eyesight, is very active for one who is nearing the century milestone in life's pilgrimage.
Flake Humphrey and wife attended the funeral of his uncle, Clay Michaels, who was buried near Booneville, Miss., last week. Mr. Michaels was a splendid Christian gentleman, and was one of that community's substantial and most highly esteemed citizens. He was well known in Selmer, where he frequently visited, and his many friends here will learn with regret of his passing.
FEBRUARY 28, 1930
D. W. Wardlow was recently a visitor to this community. D. W. Wardlow is on the sick list this week.
Millard Allison of the 2nd district visited Elbert Gentry and family Sunday.
March 7, 1930
J. D. Warren, well known in the south part of the county, and a good citizen, died suddenly at the home of his son, Thomas a mile and a half west of here, last Saturday. He was 72 years old, and had been in feeble health for several months. His remains were laid to rest here Sunday by the side of his wife who died several years ago. Rev. Elbert Bolding conducted the funeral and R. B. Gooch was the undertaker in charge.
Clay Tacker, of the 11th district was in Selmer Monday and told us of the death of Mrs. Jim Williams, of near Leapwood. She was sick about two weeks with the flu. The deceased was about sixty years old, and was born and reared in this county, spending most of her life in the Leapwood community. Her death has taken a good Christian wife and mother from the community. She was a member of the Church of Christ, and loved by all who knew her. She had a most cheerful disposition and was ever ready to lend a helping hand. Surviving her are her husband, three children, two sisters and two brothers.
MARCH 14, 1930
Rev. W. S. Lockman, aged 50 died suddenly at his home in the city of Memphis, on the morning of March 11. He was buried in Oakhill cemetery here on the following afternoon after impressive funeral service at the Methodist church conducted by Rev. O. A. Marrs, Pastor of Southside Church, Memphis, J. M. Pickens, Jackson and G. J. Carman of Memphis.
The deceased was born in this county, coming to Selmer with his parents when a boy. His father was the late W. M. Lockman, until his health failed him about a year ago he was an active member of the Methodist ministry, and pastor of different churches in West Tennessee. He is survived by his wife and three children. His mother, Mrs. Jennie Lockman, one brother, F. L. Lockman, and two sisters, Mrs. T. E. Foust and Mrs. Artie Wilson, and many other relatives in the county.
Buck Mills, of Adamsville, was in to see us Saturday. He is a son of R. A. Mills, who lives in Adamsville, being now in his 90th year. "Uncle Bob Mills was born in Maury county in 1841, and came to this county when a child, a son of "Uncle Billy and Nancy Mills.
This old and prominent family settled in the Winding Ridge community, where so many of the sturdy pioneers established themselves in the early part of the last century. Among the number in those good old days were Billy Mills, Luke Littlefield, John Farris, Anderson Cox, Clem Carrol, Alex Whiteside, Carrol Haily, the Carothers and Morton families.
The home of "Uncle Billy Mills was one of the meeting places for the younger people sixty and seventy years ago. It was in this old home that the late A. K. and M. R. Abernathy, young Alabamians, received their first greeting from McNairians. In this splendid community M. R. Abernathy taught his first school nearly sixty - five years ago.
"Uncle Bob" was of the number of young people then. He afterward married Sarah Hamilton, daughter of another pioneer, "Uncle Billy Hamilton". She died many years ago.
In that old Winding Ridge home were other members of the Mills family, but only three are left, "Uncle Bob and his two sisters, Mrs. Mary Jones and Mrs. Clerisa Walker, more than four - score years of age, and both schoolmates of the late Mrs. Rachel Abernathy.
But "Uncle" Bob is planning to made another crop, and to use an old Blount turning plow which he has used for 34 years.
MARCH 21, 1930
Mrs. F. J. Morphis died on the 9th of March. She was born in 1850 and was a Christian woman. She was buried in the Kirk cemetery, Rev. J. G. Gooch conducting the funeral.
Mrs. Pearl Johnston of Corinth is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Ludie Dancer and Lula Teague.
J. H. Ammons Dies
J. H. Ammons, a citizen of Selmer for forty years, and of the county for more than fifty years, died at his home on Pharr avenue on the night of March 14, following a long illness.
He was born in Hardeman county on December 22, 1844, a son of William Henry Ammons, a pioneer settler, and came to this county soon after the Civil war. In that he was a soldier under Gen. Forest.
The deceased located in Selmer about 1890, building the house at the corner of Pharr avenue and Fourth street. He was the operator of the first livery stable here, it being located where the old Boss Perkins barn was, and was a man of remarkable energy. He was a loyal friend and a good neighbor.
In 1868 he married Sarah Francis Kernodle, and to this union several children were born, three of whom, Bedford, Finlay and Fletcher, together with their mother survived. A brother, B. F. Ammons, was most attentive to him and to his aged mother, they having lived alone for many years. The funeral services were held at the home conducted by Rev. J. B. Maxedon.
Burial in Oakhill cemetery.
I believe it would be of interest to a goodly number of the readers of the Independent to give a history of the old Presbyterian church at Bethel Springs as far back as I can remember, and that will be about 80 years. I will be 85 in June next. I am sure I was carried to the church many times before I was a year old in my mother's arms. I was baptized in infancy, hence I am a Presbyterian.
The old church was situated about 75 yards east of the present one. The graveyard has been enlarged and includes one faced west. Where the town stands was old Tom Rankin's farm. His fence ran about where the railroad now runs, but there was no railroad then being built.
There were then no automobiles, no bootleggers or millionaires, and I don't remember of seeing a beggar in my younger days.
The church had a large membership, and as I remember, a greater percentage attended the service then they do now. Whole families attended regularly. There was Billie Wilson, Wm. Baxter, old man Gillespie (Henry's father), Croskery, Wash Wilson, widow Kerr, Boydston. Old Man Kerr was the preacher as far back as I can remember. He lived about a mile and a half west of Bethel Springs, on the old stage road. We had seven Wilson families members of that old church. Billie Wilson, William Baxter, Mr. Gillespie and my father were elders. Two of them occupied a seat in front of the pulpit, facing the congregation. They conducted the song service, giving out the song two lines at a time. Then everybody would sing that could, Negroes and all. We had quite a number of Negro members. They were slaves and had no church of their own.
We had camp meetings every late summer or fall. The grounds in front of the church huts. The space between the church and tents was a square containing 8 or 10 acres of ground. The road was one side of the square. In the tents scaffolds were built for beds, covered with straw. Back of the tents were open sheds for cooking, but most of the cooking was done at home.
We had feasting and prayer, and old time religion. We usually had the best preachers. People would come from 3, 5 and 10 miles, walking, on horseback, in buggies and wagons. Everybody invited to dinner and they usually remained. Three services a day were held, with prayer meeting at the tents. There were called to service by the blowing of a long tin trumpet from the front of the church. We had good attention and good preaching. The meeting lasted a week including two Sundays. They were happy days. My boy friends were Grit and Jim Wilson, Tom Croskery, Henry Gillespie, Jim Lear, Tom and Dave Wilson, Eddie Kerr, Crump McAlip, Clay and Jess Moore, Dick Maxedon, Bill Tatum, Henry and Frank Hendrix. The descendants of these boys are scattered over the county. I frequently see the family names mentioned in the Independent. They sound very near and dear to me. I notice in your paper of February 21, mention of the death of Esq. W. W. Jopling, son of Frank Jopling, and nephew of W. D. Jopling, sheriff. He was loved by everybody, and known by nearly every man, woman and child in the county.
Truman Turner was another of my old chums. We fished and hunted together, owned coon dogs, and we have cut down trees 3 and 4 feet through to see a coon fight, and we were rarely disappointed. Truman married and died years ago. He left children and sometimes I notice the name Turner in your paper, and I suppose they are his grand children.
I will write to Mrs. Wolverton direct. She has me interested about old time folks.
W. P. Conner
We have just learned of the death of Mrs. Clerisa Walker, who died at the home of her son, Truman Walker, west of Adamsville on Tuesday night. She was buried at Adamsville on the following afternoon. She was a member of an old and prominent family, a daughter of the late Billie Mills, and was reared in the old Winding Ridge community. We made mention of this good old woman in our last issue.
Cad Allison, an old citizen of the 9th, died Wednesday. His wife died a few days ago. He at one time resided in the 7th district living where Ed Wagoner now lives. His wife was the daughter of the late Jacob Wagoner.
Dr. B. L. Moore and A. G. Miller of Little Rock, Ark. were recent guests in the home of Dr. Moore's brother, W. C. Moore. Dr. Moore is a native McNairian, being a son of the late Alvin C. Moore, one of the pioneer settlers of the section about four miles west of Selmer. For many years Dr. Moore has resided in Arkansas.
MARCH 28, 1930
Mrs. Sarah Ann Rickman died in the home of her son, John Rickman, on March 18, 1930, at the age of 63 years and six months. Surviving her are seven children, five boys and two girls. Her remains were laid to rest in the old Pebble Hill cemetery the following afternoon, Rev. White and Scruggs conducting the funeral service. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved ones.
Rubye, the third daughter of B. C. White and wife, died Friday night and was buried at Mt. Vinson Saturday.
John Allison, of Waurika, Oklahoma, came to attend the bed side of his brother, C. J. Allison, who died Wednesday. An unusual occurrence was that it had been just a week since his wife died.
APRIL 4, 1930
Miss Velmer Wardlow spent Sunday night with Miss Leona Moore.
Amos Wardlow was in Selmer Monday on business.
Miss Velmer Wardlow spent Saturday with her aunt, Mrs. Lelah English.
Dave Wardlow was visiting Amos Wardlow and wife Saturday night.
Thetus Wardlow spent Sunday with Olus English.
The body of Mrs. Emma Derryberry, whose home was in Adamsville, was brought here Saturday for burial in the Indian Creek cemetery. She was a sister of Mrs. L. A. Hurley here.
George Erwin died Tuesday at his home in Bethel Springs after a brief illness. George was one of the colored men who grew up around old Purdy many years ago. He was honest and industrious, and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
A. C. Wilson, one of the best liked colored boys in this community, died Saturday at his home in Selmer after a long and painful illness. For a long time he had worked at the barber shop where he was popular with all the patrons, and was always missed by his many friends in this county.
Former McNairian Dies
We are in receipt of a letter from Edward Gooch of Piave, Miss. telling of the death of his father, J. A. Gooch, who died there on March 23, from an operation for cancer of the stomach.
He was 68 years of age, and was born and reared in the southwest part of this county. He left here in 1890. Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Mattie Hines Gooch, and four children. He was a brother of Mrs. P. J. Foster, of Selmer, W. B. Gooch, of the first district and Monroe Gooch, of Jackson.
APRIL 11, 1930
William A. Wilson, of the 17th district came to see us on a recent visit to Selmer. He was born within a mile of where he lives now at a place called Double Springs, in 1845. He is the third child of Daniel and Levina Wilson, pioneer settlers, coming from North Carolina in the first quarter of the last century. Our venerable friend married the first time a daughter of the late W. H. D. Maxedon. To this union eight children were born. Some time after the death of his first wife he married a daughter of the late D. W. Cobb. Five boys were born to this union.
Mr. Wilson gracefully carries his years, looks after his farming interests and attends church services regularly.
We are always glad to see him.
Mrs. Maud Wardlow and children were guests of Mrs. Bertha Huggins Sunday.
Mrs. Joe Grant, aged 57 years, died April 8, at her home near Friendship, in Dyer county, after a long illness. The deceased was a daughter of the late J. A. Weatherly and wife, and was reared in the Hunter's store community. The remains were laid to rest on the afternoon of April 9, and the funeral service was conducted by Rev. W. Maxedon and W. T. Barnes.
She is survived by her husband and seven children, her mother, Mrs. M. J. Weatherly, four brothers, T. F., J. H. , W. L. and R. M. Weatherly, and five sisters, Mrs. Mattie Boatman, Mrs. Lizzie Boatman, Mrs. Loudella Brint, Mrs. Ora Gooch and Mrs. Essie Nickles.
To the bereaved relatives the Independent extends its heartfelt sympathy in the death of their loved one.
APRIL 18, 1930
Former McNairian Dead
We hear in the Terrell (Texas) Tribune of April 11, of the death of Robert Turner. He was reared at Bethel Springs, and was a merchant there for a long time. We join with the many friends in expressions of sympathy. Below we print from the Tribune.
Robert Turner for many years connected in various business associations at Colquitt and Terrell, died at the family home on Pacific avenue Thursday evening following a long period of invalidism induced by a paralytic stroke eight years ago. The funeral service will be held Friday afternoon at 4 o' clock at the Methodist church.
Robert Turner was born Sep.5,1861, in McNairy county, Tennessee. He came to Texas in 1906, located at Colquitt and was associated in business with S. J. McAfee until 1913, when he moved to Terrell, where he has since resided. In 1891 he joined the Methodist church, of which he was a consistent member until his death.
Of him it can be truly said, " He was glad when they said let us go into the house of the Lord", for he always enjoyed his church privileges very much, and even attended service for some time after suffering a severe stroke of paralysis in July, 1922. For the last five years he was unable to attend, but was always glad to see his pastors, and would inquire of his friends about the church and Sunday School services and about the congregations.
In 1900 Mr. Turner was united in marriage to Miss Eulah McAfee, who is left to mourn his loss. Also he leaves two brothers Charles, of Jackson, Tenn., Dick, of Tupelo, Miss. and two sisters, Mrs. Euphia Keelen, of Jackson, Tenn. and Mrs. Ethel Jordan, of Birmingham, Alabama.
He was a faithful husband and friend and brother, always trying to make his life conform to the teaching of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and his many friends esteemed him for his life of consistency, and his staunch fidelity to the higher ideals life.
FORMER MCNAIRIAN DIES IN ARKANSAS.
Mrs. J. H. Sinclair, aged 78 years, died April 8, at her home in Beebe, Ark., after a week's illness of pneumonia. The Sinclair family lived in McNairy county for many tears, removing to Arkansas about twenty years ago. While here they lived at the John Gib Combs place on the old stage road west of Adamsville.
Deceased is survived by her husband, who is 82 years old, and two daughters, Mrs. G. M. Beckham, of Ward, Ark. and Miss Callie Sinclair, of Beebe, Ark. and nine grand - children, among the latter being Herman Wallace, who attended the funeral last Wednesday at Beebe.
Mrs. Sinclair was a devoted member of the Methodist church for many years.
The passing of this splendid woman will cause sorrow among her many friends here, and the Independent extends its condolence to the relatives in their sad hours of bereavement.
TRAGIC DEATH OF FORMER MCNAIRY COUNTY BOY
News of the tragic death of John Hester, former McNairian, near Chattanooga, has been received here with genuine sorrow. He was drowned in Chattanooga Creek on April 9. He was born and reared near Bethel Springs and is the youngest member of the family. He removed to Chattanooga several years ago. Three sisters, Mrs. J. M. Robinson of Bethel Springs, Mrs. Della Murry of Oklahoma, and Mrs. J. B. Graham, of Selmer, and five brothers, F. M. Hester of Bethel Springs, W. G. Hester, of Chattanooga, E. W. Hester of Jacksonville, Fla., J. T. Hester of South Pittsburg,Tenn., and J. H. Hester of Mississippi. Sympathy is tendered the family by the Independent.
Dr. Lillian Rogers of Amarillo, Texas, now a famous dental surgeon and official of the Lone Star State Dental Association, has been on recent visit to old friends here and at Adamsville. He was in route to Nashville to attend the national convention of dentists. He is the son of the late James and Janie Rogers, and a grandson of the late G. W. Sipes, and was reared in Adamsville. He married Miss Alma Sanders, sister of Mrs. J. H. Curry and Dr. Frank Sanders of Adamsville.
John King, son of Oner King shot and slightly wounded one of the colored employees of Gorrell Bros. here last week. Several shots from a pistol were fired. The shooting was near the depot. King escaped. Warrants were issued.
APRIL 25, 1930
Dave H. Burton, M. & O. Trainmaster, died Tuesday night from injuries received Tuesday afternoon when he fell from a railroad motor car near Union City. Mr. Burton was well known all over the Mobile & Ohio system, and had been in the railroad service for forty - five years. He was a Christian gentleman, and was held in high esteem by the officials and employees of the railroad, and no man had more friends in this section than Dave Burton. His tragic death is regretted by everyone who knew him. The deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, and to them the Independent extends its heartfelt sympathy in their great bereavement.
Johnnie Rogers one of the popular M. & O. brakeman, while engaged in switching cars at Bethel Springs one day this week, sustained injuries which necessitated the amputation of one of his legs. He is getting along nicely at present, and his many friends here hope for him a speedy recovery.
W. R. Stout, the veteran passenger conductor of the Mobile & Ohio, has the sympathy of his friends in this section in the death of his brother, Theodore Stout, which occurred this week at his home in Jackson.
Velma Wardlow visited her aunt, Mrs. Mag Moore, Sunday.
Casey Wardlow and wife spent Sunday with his brother, Kennie Wardlow, and wife.
MAY 2, 1930
Jack Matlock, aged 71 years, died at his home April 24. His remains were laid to rest in the old Falcon cemetery. Deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters, Ida Matlock, of Franklin, ILL., and Mrs. Lou Fowlkner, of Trimble, Tenn.
FORMER MCNAIRIAN DIES IN TEXAS
Elgin Chamness, 76 years of age, died recently at his home in Paris Texas. He was a native McNarian, having lived near Adamsville until he moved to Texas in 1903.
Mr. Chamness was a splendid Christian gentleman, and his passing will cause genuine sorrow to his many relatives and friends throughout this section. Prof. A. H. and Emmet Chamness, prominent educators of Texas, are sons of the deceased, and to them and the surviving relatives, we offer our condolence.
MAY 2, 1930
Alex Surratt DEAD
Alex Surratt, 67 years of age, died Saturday at his home ten miles east of Selmer on the old Stage road, after having been in feeble health for a long time.
Mr. Surratt was a member of one of the oldest families last century, his parents having settled in this part of the last century, where they reared a large family of children. The deceased is survived by his wife and five children, Mrs. J. H. Hair and Chester Surratt, of Sanderson, Texas. Will Surratt, Mrs. Everett Plunk and Mrs. Hugh McArther, who lives near the old Surratt home stead, and two brothers, Charlie and Jack Surratt, who also reside in their old neighborhood. The Independent deeply sympathizes with these bereaved relatives in the death of their loved one. Sunday afternoon the remains were laid to rest in the old Combs cemetery.
Lindsey McCormack Dead
Lindsey McCormack, age 69 years, died Tuesday at his home in the old Pleasant Grove community after a long and painful illness.
Mr. McCormack was a prosperous farmer and was born and reared in the community where he died. He was a member of the Methodist church and lived a consistent Christian life. Since the organization of the Selmer Bank & Trust Co., he had been on its board of directors, he was devoted to his family and his home, and was a loyal friend, and in his death the county has lost one of its best citizens.
The deceased is survived by his wife and a large family of children, among them being, Mrs. T. W. Prather of Selmer.
One of the largest crowds ever assembled at the Gravelhill cemetery attended the funeral of this good man. The funeral service was held Wednesday morning and was conducted by Rev. J. B. Maxedon of Selmer.
Alf Baily, a good colored man who lived in Selmer for many years until he moved to Humbolt a few years ago, died at the latter place last week. He was a hard - working man and had many white friends here who will regret to hear of his death.
May 9, 1930
We have recently been informed that E. R. Hawkins, who has been in a Dallas hospital for numbers, is now greatly improved and is expected to be discharged at an early date. Mr. Hawkins formerly lived in Selmer.
May 16, 1930
Mrs. Mollie Walker, who has been in Kansas City with her son, Avon Walker, and wife for some time, is visiting her brother, S. E. Shelton, and family.
W. G. Hamm of Huntsville, ALA, spent the week - end with his mother, Mrs. J. H. Hamm, who is still confined to her bed.
Miss Opal Smith is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Radica McCullar, at Popular Bluff, Mo.
FOREMAN DIES SUDDENLY
L. E. Capooth, Corinth, Stricken at Germantown
Luther E. Capooth, of Corinth, Miss., died suddenly yesterday afternoon near the Southern Railroad Station at Germantown.
He had been in ill health for several months and had only recently returned to his work as foreman of bridges construction for the Southern Railway. He had been employed by the road for more than 25 years.
He attended the First Baptist Church at Corinth and was a Royal Arch Mason.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rosa Capooth, one brother Walter Capooth, Ramer, Tenn. and a nephew, H. E. Capooth of this city. The body was sent to Corinth, Miss. last night for burial.
Cole Carlin had charge of arrangements.
The above from the Commercial Appeal of May 9, will be read with sorrow by the many who knew the deceased here. He was born and reared in the Chewalla community, and used to be a frequent visitor to Selmer.
Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Wooten attended the funeral of her oldest brother, Jack Mullens, at the old family burying grounds near Essary Springs, Tuesday. Mr. Mullins was 61 years old, and died suddenly, having been afflicted with heart trouble for a long time.
Mrs. A. H. Crocker and son, James Jr., accompanied by her father, Rev. L. V. Kirk, of Carbondale, ILL, motored to the Taylor community one day last week to visit Rev. Kirk's only sister, Mrs. Samantha Prince. Rev. Kirk has been in the home of his daughter, Mrs. Crocker, for some time and is happy, hale and hearty at the age of 87. He will return to his home in Illinois soon. Rev. J. W. Cheshier, prominent doctor and minister of Slater, Mo., sends greeting to his old friends in McNairy, where he was born and reared.
Mrs. Ada Williams has gone back to her home in Ashville, N. C. and took home with her two grandchildren, who had spent the last year with their father, Frank Williams, near Spring Hill, Murry County.
May 23, 1930
F. O. Woodley, formerly of this place, but now of Chalybeate, Miss., was here one day last week. He was accompanied by his little son, Hubert.
Miss Rose was here from Bethel College last week - end, having come on account of the death of her grandmother, Mrs. Shea.
Mrs. Nannie Shea, aged 83 years, died Wednesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. J. Raper, with whom she had lived for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Shea and family moved here from Baldwyn, Miss., more than thirty years ago and took an active part in the various interests of the community. Mrs. Shea was postmistress for a number of years and was known and loved by all with whom she came in contact. Her life exemplified the proverb, "To have friends is to be one". She lived a Christian life, and although a cripple and practically a shut-in during her later years, she was a great leader, well informed , and retained a lively interest in public affairs. She is survived by three daughters, Mesdames J. J. Raper, C. A. Barnes, of San Fancisco, and Charles Bonds of Aberdeen, Wash., and three sons, C. C. of Spokane, Wash., and P. H. and G. M., who live here. The funeral was conducted by Eld. J. A. Houston, of Memphis, assisted by Rev. W. C. Phillips, in the presence of a large congregation of sorrowing friends, and her body laid to rest in the Ramer cemetery beside that of her husband.
Miss C. M. Littlejohn of Paus Valley, Okla., is visiting her father, George W. Jones, and other relatives in and around Selmer.
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Littleton and little daughter, Lucy Denton of Ozark, Ark. and Mrs. Littleton's brother, J. E. Miller, wife and little daughter, Maggie, of Sheridan, Ark., called to see us Tuesday. Mrs. Littleton will be remembered here as Miss Alice Miller, one of the prettiest girls ever reared here. For more than twenty years "Alice" has lived in Arkansas, and her husband is prominent in the business and fraternal circles of Ozark. They made the trip in their car, arriving Monday and returning to their home Wednesday.
May 30, 1930
W. R. Wardlow was recently visiting his granddaughter, Mrs. Henry Gardner, near Gravel Hill.
As we go to press we received the sad news that "Uncle Gib" Wilson, one of Selmer's oldest and most beloved citizens, is dead, and we will have an extended article about the life of this good old man in next week's Independent.
L. D. Wardlow and his brother, Felix, of Montgomery, La., are in the county this week. They came to see their brother, Henry, who is seriously ill at the home of his son, Henry Cage near Michie. These boys are prominent business men in Louisiana, L. D. being president of a strong bank in his home town. They will return home this week. While in the county they visited their sister, Mrs. Sarah Sweat.
June 6, 1930
L. C. Huggins and family of Wynne, Ark., spent a few days of last week in the home of his mother, Mrs. Arnie Hamm.
DEATH of Mrs. Clifford (Pettigrew) Martin
Mrs. Clifford Martin, daughter of Grover Pettigrew and wife, of Cyclone, died at the home of her parents last week, and was buried in the old Gilchrist cemetery, Rev. F. L. Watt of Selmer conducted the funeral. The deceased was twenty - two years of age, and had been in declining health for a long time. She was a lovable young woman, and had many friends who with her many friends will join in expressions of deep sympathy to her bereaved parents and others members of the family.
DEATH of J. G. Wilson
J. G. (Gib ) Wilson died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. E. Hamilton, on May 29, 1930, and on the following morning was buried beside his wife in Oak Hill cemetery. Rev. Jack Pickens, an old friend, assisted by Rev. J. W. Wallace, conducted the funeral.
Mr. Wilson had been in failing health for several months and his death was not unexpected.
He was born west of Adamsville eighty - three years ago, and was the son of Robert Wilson, one pioneer settler in what was called Wilsontown. He lived there until about 25 years ago, when he moved to Selmer. His wife died five years ago.
Surviving him are three children, Mrs. J. E. Hamilton and Hubert WIlson, of Selmer, and Artie Wilson of Jackson. Beside he leaves two brothers, Fillmore Wilson, of Texas, and Cornelius Wilson, of Adamsville, and three sisters, Miss Neal Wilson, Mrs. Mag Sharp and Mrs. Bettie Farris of Adamsville.
Mr. Wilson was a good man and a good neighbor, esteemed by all who knew him. The Independent, of which he had so many years been a reader, extends sympathy to the bereaved.
Felix and Dow Wardlow of Montgomery, La. spent a day here last week with their sister, Mrs. Sarah Sweat. They were on their way home from a visit to their brother. Henry Wardlow, who has been in declining health for a long time at the home of his son, Henry Cage Wardlow, at Michie. Felix is a rural carrier and Dow is a banker at Montgomery. They are sons of the late Jimmy Wardlow, and were reared in the old New Hope community in the 15th district. While here they met many of their old friends and schoolmates, and were delighted with the many improvements along all lines which have taken place all over McNairy county since they left here nearly thirty years ago.
As we go to press we learn that Mrs. Rose Gooch died at two o'clock. An article of her death will appear in next week's issue of the Independent.
Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Baker of Loraine, Texas, have been visiting Mr. Baker's brother, Ernest Baker, and family, in Selmer the past week.
Mrs. Odom Castleberry of Memphis, was called to Michie last week to see her brother, who is seriously ill at his son's home, and while in the county, stopped at Selmer to see her sister, Mrs. Sarah Sweat, Mrs. Castleberry has recovered her health, and is looking well.
June 13, 1930
Rosco Hurley, of Los Angles, Cal. has been visiting relatives in this section after an absence of eight years. He holds a responsible position with the Pacific Electric, has married since well pleased with his adopted home, although Tennessee and McNairy county still have a warm place in his affections.
DEATH OF MRS. W. E. Gooch
Mrs. W. E. Gooch died at her home on Main Street June 5, 1930, after a protracted illness. She was buried the following afternoon in the old family burying grounds at Gravelhill. A brief funeral service was held at the residence in Selmer, conducted by Rev. A. L. Dickerson. At Gravelhill funeral services were held in the church, this funeral being conducted by Rev. Bishop of Jackson. A number of friends of the deceased attended from Selmer, and there was a large crowd of relatives and old friends that had gathered for the services at Gravelhill, the old home of the deceased.
Surviving her are her husband, W. E. Gooch, of the state highway department, and two children, Buel and Mavourine. Her father and many other relatives also survive.
Mrs. Gooch had lived in Selmer for many years, moving here from Gravelhill community. She was the daugther of J. R. McCoy, a substantial citizen of the 5th district.
Deep sympathy is extended the father and the children and all who mourn her death.
A. M. Wolverton and wife are visiting his aged mother, Mrs. Sallie Wolverton. For years Mr. Wolverton has made his home in Oklahoma, where he now lives.
W. R. Phillips and family visited relatives at Covington last week - end, and while there they attended a fish fry near Reelfoot Lake. They reported a good time.
Mrs. Earl Gooch, daughter of J. R. McCoy, of this place died at her home in Selmer last Thursday after a long illness, and at her request, her remains were laid to rest by the side of her mother in the family cemetery here Friday in the presence of a host of friends and relatives. Rev. Bishop of Jackson, and Rev. Dickerson of Selmer, conducted the service. Shackleford, of Savannah, was undertaker in charge.
W. J. Oliver, one of the oldest citizens of Selmer, dropped dead in his garden Wednesday. A write up of his death will appear next week.
June 20, 1930
"Uncle Jack" Willis Dies
"Uncle Jack" Willis aged 82 years, died at his home in the 13th district last week, and was buried in the old family cemetery in Weatherford community, J. B. Maxedon conducting the funeral. The deceased was a familiar figure, and had numerous friends. For many years he found it convenient to visit Selmer frequently, and particularly upon Saturday afternoon. He is survived by many relatives.
Warner Perkins Killed
Warner Perkins, aged 28, son of Guy Perkins formerly of Stantonville, was instantly killed in an automobile wreck near Florence, Ala. June 13. He was on his way to work and his car struck a bridge. He was buried at Henderson Sunday. Sympathy is extended to the bereaved.
W. J. Oliver
W. J. Oliver, aged 82, was found dead in his garden in the late evening of June 11, 1930. He had gone to do a little work in keeping with his custom, and failing to return, his body was found. Heart failure was the cause of his death.
Mr. Oliver had lived in Selmer for more than a quarter of a century, and was one of the town's most prominent and beloved citizens. In the early nineties he was sheriff of the county. In the war of the sixties he was a gallant Confederate soldier. For many years he had lived a retired life, and made daily visits to town where he always received a hearty welcome. One of the beautiful traits of his character was manifest in the tender and loving care he constantly gave to this aged and invalid companion.
With only one son, Arthur H. Oliver, and numerous other relatives survive him.
The following afternoon the body of this good man was laid to rest in the Gravelhill cemetery, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. A. L. Dickerson. The deceased was a devoted member of the Baptist church.
C. C. Surratt
C. C. Surratt, 82 years old, died suddenly at his home on the old stage road 4 miles west of Adamsville, on June 13, 1930. The next day his body was laid to rest in the old Combs cemetery, just west of the John Gibb Combs place, on the same old road. In the old cemetery, sleep the ashes of many of his kindred, his father and mother, brother and sister. Only a brother, Jake Surratt, of that once large family survives. There were twelve children of this splendid family. He leaves several children and other relatives in the county and other sections.
Mr. Surratt was a unique character, a man of strong convictions, and of vigorous expression. He always led a very active life and the day of his sudden death had been working on his farm. He had lived for a long time where he died, his home being the old Garl place, once a famous stopping place. Across from the old home in war times and before was one of the old stage stands.
Right after the civil was he married a daughter of the late Thomas Devault, and she died some time ago. His father was the late Mack Surratt, a pioneer settler, and was born and reared in the community where he died.
J. T. (Tommie) Meeks
J. T. Meeks, aged 75 years, died somewhat suddenly at his home in Adamsville on June 2, 1930. He was buried the following day in the Adamsville cemetery, Rev. Pafford, of the Methodist church, conducting the services. The deceased operated the Adamsville Hotel, removing to Adamsville several years ago from his home north of Adamsville. He was a highly respected citizen. Surviving him are his wife and a daughter, Mrs. Russell Sanders.
PRESIDING ELDER DEAD
News of the death of E. A. Tucker in a Murry, Kentucky hospital has been received here with sorrow. For the past three years he had been Presiding Elder of the Lexington district, Methodist Episcopal Church South, and preached here at each quarterly meeting. He was one of the strongest pulpit orators in the Memphis Conference. He was loved by a host of friends of all denominations here.
Funeral service were held at the Methodist Church in Murry, KY, June 16.
Rev. Dickerson, pastor of the Methodist church here, attended the funeral.
June 27, 1930
Mrs. Ewing Cobb and son, Harold, formerly of Bethel Springs, but now of Texas, was here last week visiting friends. They had with them Mr. and Mrs. Teague, of Jackson, Tenn.
GOOD WOMAN DIES
Mrs. Dolp Smith, aged 67 years, died Saturday night at her home one mile north of McNairy, following a stroke of paralysis. Her remains were laid to rest Sunday afternoon in the old McNairy cemetery, Rev. Burkhead conducted the funeral.
Mrs. Smith was a Christian woman, and was loved by all who knew her. Beside her husband, the deceased is survived by nine children, all grown and married. Her husband is a brother of our townsman, J. M. Smith.
The Independent extends its condolence in the great loss the family has sustained.
T. M. Humphrey Dies
The death of T. M. Humphrey, removed from this community one of the most familiar characters. He was born in Prentiss county, Miss., seventy - seven years ago. He located for business at Falcon in 1890, and moved to Selmer in 1898. For twenty - eight years he had successfully operated a grocery store here. He joined the Baptist church in 1904, being one of the most substantial members till his death. He was held in high esteem by a circle of friends. Interment was in Oak Hill cemetery Monday afternoon, following impressive funeral services led by Rev. T. R. Hammons, of Tyronza, Ark. former pastor here. Prof. W. G. Robinson, of Jackson, also delivered a touching funeral oration, telling of his former association with the deceased and family. Pallbearers were A. C. Wooten, H. G. Abernathy, Frank Smith, W. A. Barksdale and Marvin Brooks. Out - of - town visitors included Mrs. Ella Michaels and grand - daughter, Bernice Moore, Mrs. Myrtie Hollifield, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Cartwright, William Kemp and son, Richard, relatives from Booneville, and Bethel Springs, Hallie Hamm and wife of Jackson, Beverly Ellis of Henderson, Mack Bulter, Game Crowell and E. O. Walker, of Corinth.
Deceased is survived by one sister, Mrs. Charlie Moore, of Booneville ,Miss., who also attended the funeral service and one brother, Bill Humphery, of San Angelo, Texas. One son, W. F. Humphrey, young business man of Selmer, also survives.
The Independent extends to the bereaved family it's heartfelt sympathy.
Joe Price was shot three times and stabbed once by Russell Hamilton last Saturday evening.
SHOOTING NEAR CHEWALLA
Russ Hamilton shot and wounded Joe Price last Saturday afternoon with an automatic shot gun. Price was taken to a hospital at Corinth, and Hamilton was arrested and brought to the Selmer jail. The preliminary trial will be held sometime next week.
A drunken Negro employed in the Granding of No 57 highway shot and slightly wounded Simp Westbrook, last Sunday morning. The shooter is in the Selmer jail to wait action of the grand jury.
Morton Moore, of Memphis, was here this week to attend the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Rozetta Johnson, who died last week at her home in the Salem community.
Miss Hazel King of this place and Mr. Frazier of Texas were married at Selmer Saturday by Rev. Floyd R. Watt. They will reside in Texas.
Since last writing to the paper, our community has been saddened by the death of a good woman, Mrs. Rosetta Johnson, who died June 17, 1930. She was laid to rest the following afternoon in the New Salem cemetery. Rev. T. N. Hays of Jackson conducted the funeral. Mrs. Johnson has been in ill health for a long time, but she bore her suffering with patience and meekness. She was a good Christian wife and mother, having united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church early in life. She was loved by all who knew her. Surviving her are her husband, John R. Johnson, four sons, Earl, Paul, J. R., of this community and Clay of Saltillo, Tenn. Two daugthers, Mrs. Nellie Williams of Henderson, and Miss Velma Johnson. Also her mother, Mrs. Itsha Moore, one sister and several brothers, beside numerous others relatives. Loved ones, grieve not for your dear wife and mother for she is at rest with her Saviour. The community at large extends sympathy and condolences to the bereaved relatives.
July 11, 1930
Another Veteran Dies
Robert Wagoner, more than four score years of age, died at his home near old Purdy last week, and was buried at the old Bethesda graveyard. Rev. Daniel, of Bethel Springs, conducted the funeral. Mr. Wagoner had spent his long life in the community where he died, and was the son of Jacob Wagoner, a pioneer citizen of that community. He is survived by his wife and one son, Walter Wagoner. The deceased was well known in Selmer where he visited many times, and by all who knew him, he was held in high esteem. Joe Wagoner, a prominent citizen of Bethesda community is a brother.
July 18, 1930
Rufus A. Meeks, son of H. J. Meeks, was struck and instantly killed by a Southern Railway train last Thursday night near Chewalla. His body was laid to rest in the White Oak cemetery the following day. Bro. Homer Moore conducting the funeral services.
Back Home Again
Prof. Jon. D. Mullens and wife were in Selmer this week meeting their old friends who knew them many years ago when Prof. Mullen taught school here and Mrs. Mullens was the director of music. He is now principal of the McKenzie high school, and has been one of the leading educators of the state.
JULY 25, 1930
Guy Walker Instantly Killed
Guy Walker, a young man of perhaps twenty, was instantly killed on highway No 5 about a mile north of Bethel Springs Monday night about eight o'clock when he was dashed to the pavement from a truck load of feedstuff. His skull was severely crushed and he died before the driver of the truck and others could reach him.
The manner in which he was hurled from the truck was indeed strange. He was holding a large sign, an advertisement of the same brand of feedstuff upon which he had been riding, and the wind, taking hold of the sign, blew both it and the youth to the pavement.
Guy Walker lived at McNairy and is survived by his mother and a brother and a sister. He was a son of the late Erwin Walker.
J. V. Tedford Dead
J. V. Tedford, prominent citizen of the 8th district, died at his home in Finger on the 17th day of July, 1930 and buried at Finger the following day, Rev. Lafferty, presiding elder of this district, preached the funeral. Mr. Tedford had been in failing health for some time. He was a native of that section of the county, having been born and reared in the community, a son of the late James Tedford, a pioneer citizen in this section. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lula Tedford, a daughter of the late W. B. Malone, and also four children, one of them being, Mrs. Guy Bishop of Finger, Tennessee. The others are Vaudie Tedford of Dallas, Texas, Barney Tedford of Finger, Tennessee, and a daughter, Nora, of Finger, Tennessee.
Mr. Tedford was a prominent citizen, public spirited, and will be much missed in the community. As a testimonial of the esteem in which the deceased was held a very large crowd gathered for the funeral to pay tribute to our departed friend. The Independent expresses sympathy to the bereaved.
J. J. Harris Dead
J. J. Harris, aged 79, a prominent and life - long citizen of this county, died at his home three miles north of Adamsville on July 18, after an illness of several months.
He was one of a family of six brothers, two half brothers, and three half sisters, all children of Arthur Harris, deceased, a well known citizen of the north part of McNairy county many years ago. W. H. Harris of finger is the only full brother surviving. The deceased is also survived by his wife, to whom he has been married 58 years, and three children, Gus and Jim Harris of Adamsville, and Prince Harris of Memphis. The half brothers and sisters surviving are, Tom and Robert Harris of Finger, Mrs. Emma Writing of Humbolt and Mrs. Mattie Dillion of Bethel Springs.
Funeral services and interment at the old Mt. Carmel cemetery, two miles south of Finger, where his parents, three brothers and many other relatives are buried.
Death of Mrs. Lena Talbott
Mrs. Lena Talbott, wife of Luther Talbott, died on the afternoon of July 31st.
She had been in the hospital at Jackson for several days and brought back home on the day she died. She seemed to be improving just fine until about one hour before her death.
Everything was done for her death was a great shock to her friends. She was laid to rest in the old Hopewell cemetery the following afternoon.
Albert Gage, an old McNairy county boy who has been employed in Detroit for a long time is visiting his father, Taylor Gage, and other relatives at Bethel Springs. There are many McNairians in Detroit, and he says they are all doing fine, and some of them are coming back on their vacations.
Lee Rubel and Dr. F. C. Gilbert of Corinth passed through Selmer recently on their way to Memphis. Mr. Rubel is a son of Abe Rubel, who has owned and operated the biggest department store in Corinth for many years, and who first entered the
Henry Wardlow Is Dead
Henry S. Wardlow died at the home of his son, Henry Cage Wardlow, near Michie on the morning of August 29, 1930. His remains were laid to rest in the old family burying grounds at New Hope the following morning. Rev. Scruggs his pastor conducted the funeral, John Templeton, Rev. Isaac Young and W. K. Abernathy made brief talks. R. B. Gooch was the undertaker in charge.
Mr. Wardlow was born in February, 1854 and was the son of James and Memphis Wardlow, pioneer settlers in the south part of the county. He spent the greater part of his life in the New Hope community and was widely and favorable known. For a long time he had been suffering from a cancer and throughout his long confinement he was patient and uncomplaining.
The deceased had lived for a long time his son and beside this son, he is survived by one daughter, several grandchildren and many brothers and sisters. Mrs. Sarah Sweat, of Selmer , is a sister.
The Independent expresses to the bereaved deep sympathy.
Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Ross of Little Rock, Ark. spent last week with the latter's parents, R. B. Cheshier and wife. They returned home Sunday.
Charlie Williams and wife spent the week - end with the latter's sister, Mrs. W. P. Smallwood, of Bethel Springs.
Mrs. W. W. Taylor and children spent a few days with her parents, John Tacker and wife, last week.
Old New Hope Graveyard
On a visit to the New Hope community last Saturday, where we attended the funeral of an old friend, Henry S. Wardlow, we strolled through the old graveyard. It was laid out as a burying ground a long time ago, and within its confines repose the ashes of many of the sturdy citizens of that good community.
Among the many monuments marking the graves we noticed one erected to the memory of J. T. Nickles. He lived in that community for a long time. He was born in 1847 and died in 1916. On another one we saw the name of P. W. North, born in 1835, Aaron Crow, born 1828 died1922, L. B. Rogers born in 1834 died in 1888, Calvin Tays born in 1817 died in 1888, B. F. Pierce born in 1849 died in 1919.
In the south part of the old graveyard is an imposing monument, erected to the memory of James and Memphis Wardlow, and on this monument are these chiseled words, James Wardlow, Memphis Wardlow, born in Buckingham N. C, James Wardlow born in 1832 died in 1888, Memphis Wardlow born in 1835 died in 1891 "Our father and mother, James and Memphis They prayed and worked for their children, They lived and died as Christians.
Near the graveyard is the community church and a little further removed is the school house.
The New Hope settlement is an old one and in it in the years long gone by, lived some of the pioneer citizens and many of the most substantial ones of the county. Some of these whose names are familiar are those of the Meeks family, the Norths, the Farrises, Nickles, Wardlow, Caffey, Forsythes, Price, Houston, Huggins, Emmons, Atkins, Michie, Bowers, McCoy, Gooch, Hamm, and many others.
These old people have passed to their rewards and represents lives of a new and younger generation have taken their places. These assemble on occasions to pay tribute to departed loved ones, and to worship at this old place hallowed and sanctified by the lives of their ancestors.
SEPTEMBER 19, 1930
Fount Tate, brother of our townsman K. R. Tate, met a tragic death on Highway No 15 west of Hornsby on last Saturday evening. He was having some trouble with his car and hailed an oncoming motorist. In some way the automobile struck him, his skull being fractured. The party driving the car took the injured man to Bolivar and from there he was taken to a Corinth hospital, where he lived only a short time. R. B. Gooch undertaker took the body to Decaturville for burial Sunday afternoon.
Arthur Stephens was in Selmer Saturday afternoon. In discussing some of the old articles about the place he calls attention to a trunk that his great - grandfather Ruffin Womble Stephens brought to this section of the county from North Carolina in 1812. He came from the mother state and settled in Hardin county from which place his grandfather, Joe Stephens moved to McNairy county a long time before the Civil War. He brought with him this old trunk. His father, the late Columbus Stephens, kept it in the family for quite a while and at his death Arthur Stephens possessed it and has had it since. Knowing that Henry Ford was interested in matters of this kind he wrote him and his secretary asked that it be sent Mr. Ford. On reflection he did not and for sentimental reason keeps it at his home in the 11th district. When the trunk was brought from North Carolina the War of 1812 was raging and Andrew Jackson was in his prime and vigor as a warrior. McNairy county had not been organized then and neither was any other county in West Tennessee at that time.
Our Aged Friends
Last Saturday afternoon J. R. Swain, Grady Abernathy and the writer made a visit into the 19th and 8th district. Passing through Bethel Springs, and out of the town on a new gravel road, we drove on old number 5 to the Jack Etheridge place, and there took the road that leads to Forty Forks and on to parts in the northern part of the county.
In keeping with a previous engagement made here on the day of the big celebration, we joined Charlie, Will and Jim Lipford at the home of Otis Plunk and wife. Soon Robert Croskery came up, and leaving Mrs. Plunk in charge of the home, we drove to the old home of the late R. F. Beard, that we might there pay a visit to an old friend, the wife of Mr. Beard. We went in, and were as cordially received by her and her daughter as any one could be. While she was lying on a bed of affiction from which she had not been able to get up in five years, she was happy and smiling.
Mrs. Beard was born across the field from where she now lives, and is the only child and survivor of the large family of the late Jack Kirby, a pioneer citizen of the northern part of the county, and a familiar figure in old Purdy fifty and more years ago. It was her father whose funeral was preached by that matchless and eloquent young Baptist minister, Egbert Osburne. The late W. D. Jopling took the preacher from Purdy to the funeral and the burial of his old friend. She was born in February 1846 and married Mr. Beard at the close of the Civil war. He died in May 1922 and was well known in this county for a long time, having served as surveyor for years.
We left there and went to the home of J. S. Lain and wife both of whom are enjoying good health and gave us another warm and hearty welcome. Mr. Lain was sitting in front of the door to the room in which he was born in 1850 and her father was Hugh Kirby the first white child born in McNairy county.
The splendid old people are enjoying life, and are much devoted celebrating recently their 64th wedding anniversary. They were married in 1866 near McNairy, Wm. Crows a Justice of the Peace performing the ceremony , For thirty years Mr. Lain was a member of the County Court of McNairy County and has always been one of the county's strongest and most beloved citizens.
He was a school director in his district forty years and more ago, and it was he and the late W. B. Malone and Hugh Carroll that signed a contract for the writer to teach school at old Lain's Academy forty years ago,.
A happy hour was spent talking of old times and we left the old home feeling that we had been wonderfully compensated for the trip.
Hard by runs a new gravel road and they are permitted to live to a ripe old age and enjoy the manifold blessing of present. They seen the rising of the sun thousands and thousands of times and together have watched its going down from their placed on the same old porch where we found them last Saturday afternoon. We wish them years and years of continued happiness and joy.
We came on back and stopped at the home of Mr. Plunk where the party partook of a feast of luscious watermelons. The Lipford brothers have gone back to the great city in which they live, carrying happy memories of the afternoon and promising to continue their periodical visits to the county that gave them birth.
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