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Obituaries March, 1909

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Gallatin Sumner County News (MISC.)
Microfilm Roll #501 - Date: 1905 - 1911

(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Boiler Explodes Killing A Man

A frightful boiler explosion resulting in the death of Jeff Jones and painful injuries to several others occurred near Dry Fork last Friday about noon. Jones was running a mill belonging to himself and Dr.  J. B. Head on the land of James Pryor and located near the residence of the late Allen Pryor. It was a combined grist and saw mill and at the time of the accident the men were engaged in sawing lumber. The boiler was old, having been in use about forty years, and it is said that the steam gauge was wired down so that the crew was unable to determine the amount of pressure. The water ran low and a stream of cold water was turned on, whereupon the boiler exploded. A flying piece struck young Jones who was standing by the saw carriage and knocked him backward across a hickory girder breaking his neck and killing him instantly. William Tettleton, the miller, was blown to the opposite bank of the creek on which the mill was located and severely but not dangerously bruised. B. Jones, the engineer, and Jim Jones , brother and father respectively of the young man who was killed, also suffered injuries none of which were dangerous. Ira Neel, who was standing just behind Jeff Jones, was knocked down by the latter as he fell, but suffered no serious injury. The force of the explosion threw the large thirty-horse power boiler across the creek, and over two fences a distance of a hundred and fifty yards up a steep grade into a field near the residence of Clark Brown. Both heads were blown out. Portions of the fire box and engine were thrown for a hundred yards in several directions. The remains of the young man who was killed were carried on a litter to his home near Dry Fork Church and were buried in the graveyard there the following day. The deceased leaves a wife and three small children in destitute circumstances. He was energetic and hardworking and enjoyed the respect of the entire community. 


(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Died in Nashville

Mrs. Bettie Willerford, wife of Henry Willerford and formerly of this county, died at her home in Nashville Tuesday morning Feb. 23, after a week's illness from typhoid fever and blood poison. Mrs. Willerford was 58 years of age and is survived by her husband and seven children to wit: Mrs. W. R. Moncrief of Gallatin, Mrs. Dave Hart, Mrs. Henry Romain and Mrs. Nellie Palmer and Messrs: Will T., Bob, and Luther of Nashville. The burial took place at Mt. Olivet in Nashville, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. 


(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Death Near Westmoreland

Russ Minick died of typhoid fever at his home five miles east of Westmoreland on the West Fork Road, Sunday night, February 21, after an illness of about ten days. Deceased was 30 years of age and was raised on the same farm on which he died. He was a good citizen and greatly beloved by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and two small children. Burial services were held at the family residence at 2 o'clock on the following evening, after which the remains were buried in the Family Burying Ground.


(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Death of Mrs. Stamps

Mrs. Joe Stamps, wife of Col. Joe Stamps of Bethpage, died suddenly Tuesday at the home of her daughter in McEwen, Tenn. She was 63 years of age and is survived by her husband and ten grown children, seven daughters and three sons. Her remains passed through Gallatin last night for Bethpage where the burial will take place today at 2 o'clock. Funeral services by Rev. Wm. Wilkes.


(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Sudden Death In New York

Will Henry House, Formerly of Gallatin, Dies of Apoplexy.

On last Saturday the sad intelligence of the sudden death of Will Henry House in New York City the night previous was conveyed by telegram to relatives in Gallatin. He had gone from his home in Cincinnati to New York a few days previous to buy goods and died of apoplexy in his room at a hotel some time during the night. He spent Friday evening with several friends and when he retired  was seemingly in his usual good health. When he did not appear Saturday morning his door was opened and it was found that he had been dead for several hours. Upon receipt of the telegram here his brother and sister, Mr. E. B. House and Mrs. Annie Williamson, left at once for Cincinnati, and together with Mrs. House, accompanied the remains to Gallatin, reaching here Tuesday morning at 7:15. Will Henry House was the second son of the venerable Mr. James House, the well known Gallatin merchant, and was born March 6, 1865. When quite young he accepted a position with R. Beebe, the dry goods merchant, with whom he remained until 1887. The year he went to Cincinnati and clerked for a while, after which he became a commercial traveler. Ten or twelve years ago he became a member of the "Cincinnati Cloak & Suit Co." He was elected vice president of this firm, which position he held at the time of his death. He was married to Miss Lillie Waller of Morganfield, Ky., in February 1903, by whom he is survived, together with an infant daughter four months old. He was one of the most capable and popular young men ever reared in this county, his worth being attested by his rapid advancement in the business world. A host of friends join his relatives in mourning their untimely loss. He was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted at his father's residence on North Water Street Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. A. C. Coney assisted by Rev. R. M. DuBose. The interment followed immediately at the Gallatin Cemetery. Many beautiful floral designs were sent by admiring friends of the deceased.


(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Portland News

Mrs. J. W. Tuttle  from near Fountain Head, died last Thursday and was buried here Sunday. Funeral services was preached at the Baptist Church by Brother Huff. The occasion was very sad.

Shackle Island

Esq. J. M. Guthrie was called to Nashville by the sudden death of his brother-in-law, Mr. S. B. Hogan.

Allen M. Dorris and wife attended funeral of the latter's uncle, S. B. Hogan at Russell Street Church, Nashville, Sunday. 


(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Died Far From Home

Vernon Dorris, Formerly Of This County, Expires in Florida.

Vernon Dorris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dorris of Station Camp Creek died in Kissimmee, Fla., Saturday night after a lingering illness from tuberculosis. He was 28 years old and lived in this county until about six years ago when he located at Marks, Miss. There he engaged in the drug and grocery business and was quite successful. He was married about six months ago and his wife survives him. On Monday morning R. Beebe, Chancellor commander of the local Lodge, Knights of Pythias, received a telegram from the Chancellor commander of the Kissimmee notifying him that the remains of Mr. Dorris, who was a member of the order, would reach Gallatin Monday evening at 6:15 and asked that his widow and accompanying friends be rendered all the assistance possible. Accordingly a delegation of local Knights met the remains and took charge of them during the night. The burial took place at the family Burying Ground on Station Camp Creek Tuesday morning.


(Thursday, March 4, 1909)

Personal Mention.

W. F. Roth has returned from Mulberry, Indiana, where he was called to attend the burial of his niece.

Clark Dorris of Waco, Texas, was here this week to attend the burial of his brother, Vernon Dorris.

Mrs. W. R. Moncrief has returned home from Nashville where she was called by the death of her mother, Mrs. Willerford.


Mrs. Victoria Graves died last Sunday night of heart trouble. She is survived by her husband and five children.


(Thursday, March 11, 1909)

Died Wednesday.

Mrs. Elizabeth Thomason, widow of the late J. G. Thomason, died at her home three miles out on the Red River Road early  yesterday morning. Before her marriage Mrs. Thomason was a Miss Belote, sister of Henry Belote of Castalian Springs, where she was born and reared. She was 71 years of age and had lived in this immediate vicinity for a long while, having at one time, many years ago, been proprietress of the old Sumner Hotel in Gallatin, a noted hostelry in its day. Deceased was a member of the Baptist Church and enjoyed the highest esteem of a large circle of friends. She is survived by six children. Misses Florence, Josie and Laura Thomason, and Mrs. Dr. Hager of Hartsville, and J. M. and Frank Thomason. The burial will take place at the Gallatin Cemetery this morning at 11 o'clock.


(Thursday, March 11, 1909)

Death At Cairo.

James Pruett, aged thirty years old, died at his home near Cairo last Friday after a lingering illness from typhoid fever. He was a son of Silas Pruitt and was unmarried. His remains were buried Saturday at Cairo.


(Thursday, March 11, 1909)

Well Known Citizen Dead.

Esquire G. W. O. Griffin died at his home at Castalian Springs last Thursday, March 4, after a protracted illness. Esquire Griffin was one of the best known and highly esteemed men in the county, having served for a number of years as a member of the County Court and having been otherwise prominent in public affairs. Deceased was born near Holly Springs, Miss., in 1834, and came to Castalian Springs, this county in 1867, where he has since resided. He was married first to Miss Hamilton, of Wilson County, and after her death to Miss Rutledge also of Wilson County; who with several survive him. He had been for many years a member of the Methodist Church at Castalian Springs. Though greatly hampered in recent years by ill health Esquire Griffin continued to take an active interest in public affairs and his wise counsel in his community and in his county will be greatly missed. The interment took place Friday at the Family Burying Ground near the residence of Malone Swaney. The funeral services, which were attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends, were conducted at the grave by Rev. Wm. Wilkes a life long friend of the deceased.


(Thursday, March 11, 1909)

South Tunnel.

The many friends of Mrs. D. H. Hadley will be grieved to hear of her death which occurred at Columbia, Tennessee, March 8. Mrs. Hadley had been for a number of years a member of the Christian Church. She leaves a husband and one son, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Center Point.

Miss Sallie Clayburn of Russellville, Ark., and her sister of St. Louis, attended the funeral of their sister, Mrs. Jennie Tuttle, who died here the 25, after a painful illness of four weeks.


(Thursday, March 18, 1909)

Prominent Citizen Dead.

Hon. H. T. Stratton, a leading citizen of Robertson County and well known to many of our people, died at his home in Springfield Sunday night. He was born in Lebanon in 1848, but removed to Springfield in early life. At the time of his death he was vice president of the Peoples National Bank at that place.


(Thursday, March 18, 1909)

Died Near Anglea.

Aze Martin, a venerable and highly esteemed citizen of the Anglea community, died at his home near that place Tuesday night. He was 82 years of age and a native of this county. He was one of Sumner County's best citizens, and the public will regret to learn of his death. He is survived by his wife and several grown children. The burial took place Wednesday afternoon at the Stan Cantrell Burying Ground in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and friends.


(Thursday, March 18, 1909)

Death of Little Girl.

Jewel, the little four year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Blackmore died at the house of her parents near Dry Fork last Wednesday after an illness of ten days from diphtheria. She was a bright little girl and a general favorite with the people of the community, who greatly deplore her death. The burial took place at the Gallatin Cemetery, last Thursday morning in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends.

In Memoriam.

Little Jewel, aged 3 years and 3 months, only daughter of Will and Ivy Blackmore, passed away into the great beyond Wednesday afternoon, March 10, and was laid to rest the following day in the Gallatin Cemetery with services at the grave by Rev. A. C. Couey. Now when we gather around the home circle, it is with sorrow we look at her vacant chair and miss her sweet face and gentle voice, but little Jewel is far beyond such scenes as this; she is dwelling in a home where all is joy, peace and love; where we, through faith, may join her as one united family. A Friend.


(Thursday, March 25, 1909)

Death of Mrs. Bright.

Mrs. Mary Branham Bright, formerly of this county, died Monday at her home in Nashville. She had been ill for a long time with a complication of diseases and her death came as a relief from months of patient suffering. Mrs. Bright was born in 1836, and was a daughter of the late John Branham, a prominent citizen of Sumner County. She married the late Dr. T. Bright who died here several years ago. She is survived by one brother, Mr. John T. Branham of Gallatin, and five children, Charles E. Bright of Riverton, Ala., A. J. Bright, John B. Bright, Mrs. Chas. Gaines and Miss Mamie Bright, all of Nashville. Another son James M. Bright died a short time ago in Nashville. Mrs. Bright was descended from pioneer stock and was a woman of many loveable traits of character, whose memory will long be cherished by a wide circle of friends. She was a faithful member of the Christian Church. The funeral services wee conducted at the family residence at 10 o'clock yesterday morning by Rev. Frances McCloud, after which the remains were brought to Gallatin for interment. Funeral services were conducted here by Rev. E. A. Elam.


(Thursday, March 25, 1909)

In Memoriam

William E. Martin died at his home near Perdue, Tenn., Wednesday, March 10, 1909 after a protracted illness of several months. He was born in the year 1834, was married to Sallie Ann Perdue in the year 1859 with whom he lived happily until her death which came in 1875. He was married to Susan May in 1884. There were born to him by his first wife five children, three girls and two boys, all of whom survive him. Besides the children and last wife the deceased leaves three brothers and three sisters and a host of friends to mourn his death. Although he never united with any church he died with the hope of going to rest, having professed religion several years before his death. The deceased was a man liked by all who knew him, leaving not an enemy on earth. The funeral services, which were attended by a large concourse of relatives and friends, were conducted by Rev. Flanagan. Interment took place Thursday following at the family burying ground near the residence of Mrs. Anna Perdue. A Friend.


(Thursday, March 25, 1909)

Portland News.

Mrs. Jack Short died Monday, was buried Tuesday afternoon.


(Thursday, March 25, 1909)

A Former Resident of Sumner County Dies, at Her Home in Illinois Last Week.

From the Enterprise Herald of Abingdon, Ill., we copy the following account of the death of a former Sumner County lady which will be of interest to many relatives and friends who reside here: Miss Sarah Ann Beard, daughter of Joseph W. and Lorenna Beard, was born near Gallatin, Sumner County, Tenn., on June 17, 1834, and died at her home in Abington on March 17, being thus 74 years and nine months of age. Her mother died soon after her birth, and in 1852, at the age of eighteen, she came with her brothers and relatives to Illinois. She was married to James Smith Latimer Nov. 27, 1854. Mr. Latimer's father was associated with Lincoln in the Black Hawk War and his grandfather fought in the Revolutionary War. Two years later they moved to Winnebago City, Faribault County, Minnesota, making the journey there by team. Here he pre-empted 160 acres of land and for ten years the home of the family was made here on the farm. Their nearest neighbors were at first five miles away, and they were surrounded by Indians who committed many depredations and Mr. Latimer was enlisted in a campaign for subduing them. While living here five children were born into their home, Mrs. Ida B. Dunlap being born in Abingdon. Mrs. Latimer is survived by three of her children, Mrs. Ida B. Dunlap of Abingdon, Mr. W. A. Latimer of Sedalia, Mo., and Mr. Orion Latimer of Abington. She also has one brother living, Mr. James Beard of Mt. Union, Iowa. After ten years of residence in Minnesota, Mrs. Latimer came with her family Knox County, Ill. and lived for many years on their land near this city. She was one of the oldest members of the Old Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and when the Congregational Church was organized she became a charter member of it, and has for these many years lived a most earnest and beautiful Christian life. For the last four years she has been largely confined to her home and has suffered much in her body, and yet she has borne all with a quiet, uncomplaining spirit and has thus in an unusual manner presented to all a noble example of Christian fortituded. The funeral services were held Friday at 2 o'clock at the Congressional Church, Rev. R. W. Roberts, her Pastor, officiated. Burial was made at Cherry Grove Cemetery.


(Thursday, March 25, 1909)

Cotton Town.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Hassell have returned from Nashville where they were called to the illness and death of their sister-in-law, Mrs. Helen Hassell.

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