Microfilm Roll #1, Gallatin (Misc.), Date 1819 - 1901
Compiled by Linda Carpenter
Dec. 17, 1892
Turpin Taken Away.
The Distinguished Murderer of Wm M. CARTER is Removed to Nashville. The Fear of a Mob the Alleged Cause of His Removal. But it is Intimated that the Sumner County Jail Does Not Furnish Accommodations Suitable to the Artistic Tastes of the Accomplished Gentleman. Edwin B. TURPIN was last Thursday morning taken to Nashville to remain until the next term of the circuit court. It is said that some one made affidavit to the fact that there was a mob forming to lynch TURPIN, and to escape such a calamity the distinguished prisoner was carried to Nashville for safe keeping. It is said the affidavit was made before the clerk of the supreme court, and forwarded to Judge MUNFORD, who instructed the sheriff to act upon his own discretion in the matter. Accordingly the sheriff, with the authority delegated to him by his superiors in position acted promptly and carried the prisoner to Nashville. The history of the TURPIN case is well known to our readers and it is not necessary here to go into full details. It will be remembered that TURPIN shot CARTER down upon the streets of Galllatin and was at once put in jail; that he subsequently applied for bail and was refused and he asked for a change of venue, which was refused. He then went to Trousdale county and applied to Judge HAMMOCK for bail and was again refused. He was then returned to the county jail and remained here and appeared in the circuit court the last time for his life. A week was consumed and a verdict of murder in the first degree rendered.
Upon a claim of having discovered new and important evidence and the charge that two of the jury had previously expressed views as to the guilt or innocent of TURPIN he was given a new trial. This unexpected step caused much dissatisfaction amongst those who thought TURPIN ought to be punished for his crime, but there has been no sentiment expressed or implied looking toward mobbing him and the action in taking him away from jail where he rightfully belongs is taken as a reflection upon the people of the county. The general opinion is that there was no threats made against TURPIN, but that the action taken was in response to the prisoner's desires and for the purpose of giving him accommodations more suitable to his tastes.
Louis GREEN'S residence, with most of its contents, was destroyed by fire last Sunday while he and his wife were in town attending church. It is thought that the fire originated in a defective flue. The small children were at home at the time, but were powerless to stop the flames or to save much of the household goods. The estimated loss is five thousand dollars, with one thousand dollars insurance.
Under a Grave Charge.
A pedler giving his name as Jim DICK, was brought to town last Saturday charged with attempting to commit an outrage upon the person of Mrs. SCOTT, daughter of Jim ROBERTS, of Cotton Town. The proof failed to sustain the charge and the defendant was discharged.
Saturday September 2, 1893
Killed by the Train
Last Friday night William BEASLEY, a colored boy about 17 years of age, was run over and killed by the south bound passenger train near the upper track on the L. and N. road in this city. The north bound and the south bound trains met at this point and Beasley, it is said, was walking between the two, and in trying to get out of the way of one was run over by the other. It is a singular coincidence that a brother of BEASLEY was killed about a year ago near the same place by the same train and in the same manner.
Hurt by a Falling Wall
Last Friday evening while workmen were engaged in diging the ceila of the McLaren building on the east side of the square, the wall on the south side of Col TURNER'S law office gave way and fell to the ground, carrying beneath it Ned BLEDSOE, col., one of the workmen. He was extricated as soon as possible, and at first was thought to be dead. Medical assistance was sommoned and BLEDSOE carried home where he is now resting easy.
COTTON TOWN (September 1893)
We are needing rain, the branches and creeks are all drying up and stock suffering for water. Gardens drying up, the late corn is damaged. Turnips will not come up and the crop will be very short unless we have rain; the pastures are all drying up, the cows are failing in their milk and butter is scarce.
Nimrod PRICE who was sick all the summer had so far recovered that he could go to town, went out with the thresher and had a relapse, and is worse than he was in the primary or original attack.
Robert HOBDY is improving.
Gus HASSELL is slowly improving and there is no hope of his recoving.
Mrs. BOYD who had been very sick is improving.
A little negro boy that lives at Mrs. JONES, was thrown from a horse Monday and had his hip badly hurt.
Our road overseers have finished working on the roads.
James T. HASSELL has returned from Wilson County full of cold and malaria from fishing on Cedar Creek and Cumberland River and camping on the banks, so says J. T. himself, and he should know.
The marketers complain of the scarcity of marketing. Butter, eggs, and chickens are as scarce as money.
The weather is very cool for the time of year. KIT.
Elder J. W. REDDICK went to Nashville last week.
A meeting of several days has just closed at Mt Vernon.
Elijah REDDICK and his wife attended the Baptist Association near Fountain Head this week.
J. W. RIPPY who lives near here, has a mare that is 31 years old.
Brizendine & Bro. Have moved their steam saw mill to the big spring near Goff Durham's.
Asa EQUALS is selling drugs in our burg.
Birt ANGLEA is building a stock barn.
There has been a great many turnip seed sown this summer. Sumner.
SOCIAL & PERSONAL
Dr. Henry SCHELL of Mitchellville was in town this week.
W. O. VERTREES of Nashville was in town this week.
Mr. John COWAN of Lebanon spent Sunday here with relatives.
Tom KING Jr., has returned from a visit to relatives in Chattanooga.
Miss Mary OSBORNE, of Murfreesboro, is visiting Miss Katie BUCHANAN.
Hon. S. F. WILSON and wife, were in Nashville Tuesday.
Miss Katie HAYNES of Springfield, Tenn. is the guest of Miss Addie MCLAREN.
Miss Louise TAYLOR has returned to her home in Nashville after a visit to relatives here.
Mrs, Mattie OATS (nee Miss SOLOMON) of California, is here on a visit to her aunt, Mrs. Miltie BOYERS.
Mr. Walter WHITESIDE, an old Gallatin boy, who now lives in Nashville, was here yesterday circulating among his numerous friends. Gallatin never loses its attraction to those who have lived here, and when they return they have a hearty welcome.
The many friends of Mr. Will A. GUILD will be glad to know that he has fully austained himself in Princeton College where he has been a student for the past several years. Recently he was chosen presentation orator for class day, the highest honor of the senior class, and we are confident he will acquit himself with credit and do honor to the high position which his merit has gained.
Miss Ella MILLER entertained a few of her friends at tea last Thursday night at the home of her father on the Wood's Ferry Pike.
Monday evening Dec. 26th the Pickwick Club will give their annual ball. The affair gives promise of eclipsing all former efforts the club.
The leap year ball that was to be given on the 26th has fallen through.Hearken! ye maidens, who are so near the verge! Your last chance has past as eight long years will lapse before you will again be favored with a leap year. The time keep is of the universe after dilligent research, have decided, owing to certain evolutions of time, the world will miss its usual custom of every four year adding a day to the ???? twenty-eight days of the month of February. They have decreed it. So the decree goes. Eight years will elapse before February will again be crowned by an additional day and woman allowed to whisper words of love.
Hutchison-Patterson. Mr. F. J. HUTCHISON and Miss Willie PATTERSON were united in marriage at the residence of the bride's father. W. C. PATTERSON, out on the Hartsville road, on Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15, Rev. W. G. DORRIS performing the ceremony. There were only a few of the immediate relatives of the contracting parties present to witness the marriage. The groom is a young man of splendid qualities of both mind and heart. He holds the position of trustee of the county and has the confidence and respect of all who know him. The bride is one of Sumner's loveliest daughters, beautiful in all the elements of womanhood.
BETHPAGE (Aug. 28th, 1893) In the absence of Arisides the quest, I do protest against his illustrious name being daubed "Aristicles." That it may cause some of the Tennessean's younger readers to read and investigate history. I propose in my correspondence to assume each week as a "nomde plume" the name of some prominent statesman or author.
Bethpage is still O. K. paying 100 cents of the dollar.
Our sick are all improving except Dr. WHITESIDE of Sideview.
The Baptist meeting closed at Hopewell with five additions. Protracted meeting began at this place yesterday, the 27th, and although these nights are beautiful for love making and flirtations, we do hope that the young brats can lay aside such thoughts for the time and give audience to what the preacher has to say about Gods word.
There is a prospect of our directors having trouble about the charts ordered for our schools.
Jake goes over often to Westmoreland. We presume to hear the woman preacher.
Farm work is on a stand and farmers hardly know what course to pursue.
George TURNER is convalescent and is thought to be out of danger.
Miss Pattie MALONE, County Superintendent, is very busy now visiting the schools.
Many of our farmers are saving the second crop of clover for seed.
We had a nice rain Saturday and we were needing it badly.
Ed WOODSON told me that George CHIPMAN said that Frank ANDERSON wanted a house keeper, but there is one who does not believe it and that is Themistocles.
The continued dry weather is damaging the late corn so that if we do not get rain soon the crop will be cut short. The gardens are suffering for rain, pastures are drying up and old Brindles failure in her lacteal fluid and butter is a very scarce artice in our market.
The chickens are all dying with what they call limber neck.
J. W. BRILEY of White House, was in our town Wednesday. He reported everything very dry in his locality and says the late corn will be a very short crop without rain soon.
Mrs. Wm KIRBY of Franklin, Ky, has returned to her home after visiting friends and relatives here.
Jesse K. HASSELL of Dallas, Texas. Is visiting the family of his mother Mrs. Sarah HASSELL.
Wm HASSELL of Nashville, who was visiting his brother Gus HASSELL, who is very sick, has returned home.
Charles HASSELL is attending the camp meeting near Russellville, Ky.
Robert HOBDY is improving.
The broom-corn raisers are busy cutting their crop this week.
K. M. BRIGANCE lost a valuable mare last week. She got her leg broke by getting fast in fence and he had her killed. He could have sold her for $150.
The Tennessean did not come to our office last week. Kit.
Mr. Alonzo BARBER of Herrick, ILL, who has been visiting friends and relatives in this neighborhood, left for home last Sunday.
The camp meeting at this place has closed after running nearly three weeks with nineteen new members of the Christian Chruch.
Dr. D. M. HODGES of Franklin, KY, spent Sunday and Monday visiting in our burg.
The school at this place is progressing splendidly.
Misses Mamie PATTON and Sophie ROWLING of Guthrie, KY., attended the camp meeting at this place the entire time.
Mrs. Lucinda BRIZENDINE is very low at this writing, and we are fearful will never recover.
John POND of Franklin, KY., passed through Sulphuria last week in the interest of the Franklin Woolen Mill.
J. W. and W. R. MATHIS together with their families left this place last Friday for Collin County, Texas, where they expect to make their future home.
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