The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published five editions 120 years ago during the month of January 1896. Those issues, which were dated Jan. 2, Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, 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.
JAN. 2, 1896
With this issue, The Journal enters upon the 29th year of its existence. The proprietor is profoundly grateful to the public for past liberal support and encouragement and hopes to merit a continuation of the same.
A light fall of snow was witnessed here on Monday.
After a week’s vacation, the educational mill at the Monroeville Academy resumed operations on Monday with an increased enrollment.
Jeff and Fate Salter, two young white men wanted in Conecuh County for various offenses, and under indictment for the murder and robbery of Silas Hobley, the negro mail carrier, near Belleville some months ago, have been captured in Cameron, Texas.
A little son of Uria Crawford, living near Burnt Corn, recently killed eight quail on the wing, at a single shot.
Mr. D.W. Powell, the genial P.M. and merchant at Excel, gave us a pleasant call on Monday. Mr. Powell reports a quiet but pleasant Christmas in the Fork.
Rev. J.W. Killough, the new pastor of the Monroeville circuit M.E. church, arrived with his interesting family on last Tuesday, and is domiciled at the parsonage. A cordial welcome is extended by the people of the entire community.
Mr. Julius Wiggins, who has resided in Texas for several years past, has returned with his family and will reside with Mrs. Wiggins’ father, Capt. C.R. Broughton, caring for the old gentleman in his declining years.
JAN. 9, 1896
MANISTEE: The fifth Sunday meeting was held at Pleasant Hill Baptist church on Saturday and Sunday, the 28th and 29th ult. Rev. Mr. Riffe preached two excellent sermons.
Miss Lula Wills, one of Pine Hill’s beautiful and accomplished young ladies, resumed her school a few days ago. Miss Wills is an excellent teacher and has a flourishing little school at Manistee.
The Bear Creek Mill Co. is running the mill regularly now. The railroad is also progressing finely. Hon. W.H. Louisell, the general manager, is a most capable business man.
Fanny Brown, a colored woman near town, was burned to death on Monday morning. She was standing near the fire when her clothing caught fire and were literally burned off before assistance rescued her. The poor woman found relief from her sufferings only in death which ensued after a few hours.
Dr. Yarbrough has disposed of his entire stock of goods and retired from the mercantile business.
Postmaster Ricou has obtained permission from the Department and will remove the post office to the Yarbrough store building on southside.
Prof. Ivey of Perdue Hill High School was in town Saturday. His school continues to prosper.
JAN. 16, 1896
Mr. A.C. Lambert of Manistee was in the city Wednesday and expanded our contracted purse to the extent of a year’s subscription.
Postmaster Ricou is now comfortably located in the Yarbrough building on Southside. The patrons of the post office are generally pleased with the change of location.
The Pine Apple Division of the Louisville & Nashville road terminates within three miles of the town of Pine Apple, and it is said that the people of Pine Apple have inaugurated a movement to build a road from the town to the present terminus of the road. The proposition is that the people will build the road and own it, but will turn it over to the Louisville & Nashville to operate it, that company furnishing the necessary rolling stock, and to have the use of the road bed for a period of years without rent. It is said this proposition will be submitted to the Louisville & Nashville officials at an early date, and that, if it is accepted, the work of building the road will be commenced at once.
Death of L.R. Wiggins: At the home of his son, Dr. J.M. Wiggins, on Wednesday evening, Jan. 15, 1896, Mr. Luther R. Wiggins calmly breathed his last, surrounded by his devoted family.
Mr. Luther Wiggins was one of Monroe’s oldest and most useful citizens and his demise will be universally mourned. For many years he was engaged in the mercantile business at this place; subsequently he was elected to the office of Tax Collector and served in that capacity for a number of years.
JAN. 23, 1896
The Evergreen Record says there is a movement on foot to construct a telephone line from Evergreen to Perdue Hill, via Belleville and Monroeville.
A note from Mr. W.J. Newberry informs us that his mill at Mexia, which has been shut down for some weeks, undergoing repairs, will be in operation in a few days. The public will take notice and be governed accordingly.
Wild Fork: We have three interesting schools now in progress, good churches and plenty of farming land and good farmers in charge of it.
Prof. Nash will close his school at Excel in two weeks. We regret to see him leave our community; he has made many friends while faithfully discharging his duty as teacher.
The weather has been very unfavorable for outdoor work during the past 10 days.
Capt. W.B. Kemp, State Senator from the 21st District, was in Monroeville Monday. Capt. Kemp reports everything quiet in political circles in his neighborhood.
The approaching February term of the Commissioners Court promises more than usual interest. The settlement of the stock law question in Precincts 3 and 5, to which considerable opposition has developed in the former, will be the principal subject of consideration.
JAN. 30, 1896
MANISTEE: Mr. Willie Louiselle has returned to his home in Michigan from a visit to his son, Hon. W.H. Louiselle of Manistee. The old gentleman has fallen very much in love with south Alabama.
The enterprising citizens of Monroeville should follow the example of the Pine Apple neighbors and agitate the subject of extending the P&S railroad from Repton to Monroeville. The road could be built at a low cost and besides being an indispensable convenience, would pay handsomely.
Mr. A.E. Peterman, for several years past the clever and accommodating L&N Agent at Repton, has been transferred to Scranton, Miss., and is succeeded by Mr. W.S. Teas.
A tract of land situated near Flat Creek was knocked off at mortgage sale on Monday for 25 cents per acre.
Postmaster Ricou and family are occupying the dwelling lately vacated by Mr. J.T. Salter.
Capt. Thos. A. Nettles of Longstreet, Kempville, was in town this week and gave us a pleasant call.
Mr. W.W. Tucker, a charming young gentleman of Perdue Hill, was in town a few days ago. This being Leap Year, we entertain some hopes for our friend Tucker.
Pineville: Mr. W.G. Andress is making a great improvement on his mill and will be ready to accommodate the public in a short time.
Miss Cary and Viola Dunaway, two of Lamison’s charming young ladies, have returned home from a visit to their uncle, Mr. A.C. Lambert of Manistee.