The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of Editor and Proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 110 years ago during the month of September 1905. Those issues, which were dated Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those four editions. Enjoy.
SEPT. 7, 1905
Notice to Confederate Veterans: The annual reunion of the Confederate Veterans of Wilcox County will be held at the courthouse in Camden, Ala. on Thurs., Sept. 14, 1905. All veterans who wish to attend are cordially invited. – J.F. FOSTER, Adj. F.K. Beck Camp, No. 224, U.C.V.
COUNTY MASONIC CONFERENCE: Holds a Most Pleasant and Profitable Session in Monroeville: The Monroe County Masonic Conference was organized in Monroeville on Thurs., Aug. 31, holding a most harmonious and profitable three days session.
Representatives of each of the seven Masonic lodges in the county and a number of visiting brethren were present and participated in the proceedings.
Brother Angus M. Scott, State Grand Lecturer, was present and superintended the work of the conference, instructing the brethren in the unwritten ritual and delivered numerous impressive lectures on the moral and practical phases of Masonry.
Mr. W.L. Durden was over from Franklin the first of the week. Mr. Durden has recently obtained a patent on an improved nut lock for railroad rails and is now negotiating for the sale of his invention.
The offices of Drs. McMillan and Smith are now located in the old courthouse in the suite of rooms formerly occupied by the late H.W. Jones.
McCreary Brothers are installed in their new quarters in the Russell building, where they will be pleased to have their friends and customers call.
SEPT. 14, 1905
Prof. Weaver of Lineville, who has been chosen principal of the Monroeville school, arrived a few days ago and will enter upon his duties at an early date.
MANISTEE: Messrs. Geo. H. Harper, A.C. Lee and W. Florey made a flying trip to Birmingham last week.
Mr. A. Vagel’s family returned from Carney station last week, they have charge of the hotel at this place.
Mr. A.J. Stacey Jr. and mother of Canoe visited relatives here last week.
Miss Sallie Hestle has just closed her school at Grimes school house, she is a very efficient teacher and has made many friends during her stay who regret very much to give her up, however we hope some time in the future to obtain her services again.
Mr. W.W. Davis, who had the misfortune to lose his gin and grist mill by fire some time ago, is rebuilding again.
Mr. Ed Hannan, the hustling salesman of Bear Creek Mill Co., was confined to his room a few days last week, but is out again we are glad to note.
Dr. G.H. Harper has recently moved his drug business to his new office near his dwelling.
The Drewry school will open Sept. 18. The patrons having elected their old teachers.
Tax Assessor J.D. Rawls’ new dwelling on “South Highlands” is approaching completion. It is attractive in design and neat in finish and is situated in one of the most pleasant residence districts in the city.
SEPT. 21, 1905
Killing at McWilliams: A killing occurred at McWilliams, on the Wilcox County line, last Sunday evening, the slayer and his victim both being Negroes. Jim Johnson, alias Caldwell, shot and killed Wade Coleman. Johnson was captured and is lodged in jail here.
Mr. John L. Betts died at his home at Burnt Corn on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 14, after an illness of several weeks with typhoid fever.
Mr. Betts was well known throughout Monroe and Conecuh county and was held in highest esteem by all who knew him. For a number of years he had been engaged in the mercantile business in partnership with Mr. Jas. K. Kyser and his reputation for rectitude and integrity was firmly established.
The many friends of Mr. J. Alex Grace were pained to learn of his death which occurred at his home at Claiborne Monday afternoon, Sept. 18, after an illness of several days.
Mr. Grace had been the proprietor of the upper warehouse at Claiborne for more than 20 years and in all of his dealings with his numerous patrons throughout that long period he proved himself ever honorable and trustworthy.
JONES MILL: There was a racing contest held here recently on a one hour race of cotton picking between Messrs. L.N. Parson and J. Driscoll, the former picking 53 pounds and the latter 48 in one hour.
Lumber and other building material is being placed on the ground for Mr. C.L. Hybart’s new dwelling. A handsome design has been selected and when completed the building will be an ornament to the portion of town in which is will be located. Mr. T.J. Stevens of Brewton is the supervising architect.
SEPT. 28, 1905
The Monroeville school opened on Monday last with a fair enrollment of pupils which is steadily growing. Prof. Weaver is principal and Miss Gertrude Deer assistant. Miss Mary Stallworth has charge of the music department.
EXCEL: Our little town is now on a boom, several new residences have been built, and quite a handsome church almost completed.
Sheriff Fountain left yesterday for St. Louis where he goes to purchase choice horses for the local market.
Mr. Riley Kelly of Kelly Bros., Excel, was in to see us yesterday. He says cotton receipt at his town are heavy and trade thriving.
McWILLIAMS: Our school will begin soon, Mr. James Riley will be principal, and Miss Gladys McClelland, assistant.
The new ginnery built by Mr. H.E. Hudson began operations a few days ago. The gasoline engine which furnishes the motive power is quite a novelty and attracts many visitors. The samples of cotton turned out are pronounced by experts to be superb. The plant is equipped with improved devices which make it possible to turn out the maximum product with the minimum of manual labor.
Mr. J.T. Burson, the music man of Atmore, was here last week.