Sunday, February 15, 2015

110-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from Feb. 1905

The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of Editor and Proprietor Q. Salter, mostly likely published four editions 110 years ago during the month of February 1905. However, only two of those editions, Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville. What follows are a few news highlights from both of those editions. Enjoy.

FEB. 2, 1905

Pension Warrants: A number of warrants in favor of Confederate veterans and widows of deceased veterans remain in my hands subject the order of the beneficiaries. Following are the names of persons in whose favor the warrants are drawn: T.J. Rachels, H.W. McKenzie, Mrs. M.F. Marshall, R.B. Middleton, J.R. Vick, Mrs. M.A. Grimes, Mrs. E. Cotton, Mrs. Margaret E. Crosby, T.J. Langham, J.D. Frye, Martha A. Jay, Mrs. A.J. Turbeville, J.A. Andress. The persons named or their authorized agents will please call and get the warrants. I.B. Slaughter, Judge of Probate.

Bear Creek Mill Co. is building a new warehouse at this place (Manistee).

The Atmore Spectrum came to our table last week as an all-home-print paper and is as bright and neat as a new pin. The Spectrum has installed a new cylinder press and its editor sports an automobile.

Superintendent of Education John D. Forte passed through town Monday en route to the southern part of the county on a tour of inspection of public schools. The schools so far visited were found to be making satisfactory progress.

Col. B.L. Hibbard, accompanied by Mrs. Hibbard and J.B. Barnett, Esq., went to Mobile Sunday for medical treatment. Col. Hibbard had been suffering for several days before he determined to consult a specialist. He will probably remain at an infirmary until his condition is improved, which his friends hope may be soon.

Esquires W.G. McCorvey and H.W. Jones spent Sunday in the Gulf City.

G.T. McCorvey, Esq., of Mobile was here this week on professional business.

Dr. W.S. Sowell returned to his home at Empire, Ala. Sunday after a few days visit to his parents.

Mr. J.M. Sowell, who has been teaching in Escambia County the last few months, spent Friday and Saturday with home folks.

Mrs. C.M. Simmons is attending at the bedside of her mother, Mrs. Busey, who is quite sick at the home of her son, Dr. J.F. Busey, Jones Mill.

Our esteemed townsman, Mr. John F. Deere, favored our sanctum with a pleasant visit Monday afternoon and gave us an interesting account of his two months sojourn in New Mexico. Mr. Deere is enthusiastic in his opinion of the climatic conditions which he found and believes that he was materially benefited. He is offering his property here for sale with the view of locating permanently in the west.

We regret to hear that our popular young friend, Mr. W.M. Hestle, is quite sick with la grippe at the M.M.I., Marion, Alabama. He is expected home soon, to remain until fully recovered.

The young people of Lufkin  and Jones Mill gave an oyster supper at the home of Mrs. Carlie Castillow last Saturday night. They report a jolly time.

Miss Mabel Jones, the teacher at Indian Springs, has been visiting friends here (Pineville) and at Beatrice.

FEB. 9, 1905

Capt. Thomas A. Nettles was down from Tunnel Springs Tuesday evening to attend the regular convocation of the Royal Arch Chapter.

Capt. Thos. S. Wiggins has been confined to his room for several days with sickness.

Mr. S.H. Dailey was down from Tunnel Springs Tuesday to attend the meeting of the Chapter.

Mr. J.E. Smith has removed his store to the building formerly occupied by the Misses Patrick.

The Misses Patrick have removed their millinery establishment to the building formerly occupied by Dr. Lovett, where they will be pleased to have their patrons and friends call and see them.

One of our commissioners, Mr. W.E. Jones of Natchez, was in town (Buena Vista) Thursday.

Mr. W.W. Fox expects to close up his mill at Buena Vista as soon as he has finished a lot of timber that has been engaged; he thinks of running the mill here (Beatrice).

Our accommodating postmaster (at Beatrice), Mr. J.M. Stallworth, needs an assistant; he should follow his brother’s example.

The smallpox seems to have died out (in Beatrice); it has been alarmingly near us this winter, one case of it was domiciled with a hundred yards of us.

Mrs. D.C. Mims of McGill visited her daughter, Mrs. C.E. Bizzelle last week.

Elijah Broughton is able to be out again after a protracted sickness, we are glad to note.

R.B. Turbeville was down from Wainright Monday and favored this office with a visit.

Dr. S.B. McMillan of Jones Mill was in town Tuesday and favored this office with a call.

Dr. W.J. Mason of Daphne stopped over with Monroeville friends Tuesday on his way to his old home at Activity.

Mr. Capell Smith arrived Sunday from his home at Scotland in Monroe County, and will make his home in Atmore. – Spectrum.

L.A. Hixon, with his interesting family, is now number among the valued citizens of Monroeville. The occupy the DeLoach dwelling.

Messrs. L.L. Pritchett and Ed. L. Rikard of Camden were among Monroeville friends last week. We are pleased to learn that Mr. Pritchett is prospering in his mercantile enterprise at Camden.

The Friday Afternoon Reading Circle has been organized by the ladies of Monroeville with Mrs. Gertrude Mann as president and Mrs. G.B. Barnett as secretary and treasurer. The meetings are held weekly in the Library and a great deal of pleasure and profit is expected from the organization.

Mr. Ab. Riley from Texas was here (Beatrice) last week with a drove of mules.


  1. I love reading this. Where do you find it?

  2. The microfilm collection at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala.