The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published five editions 110 years ago during the month of March 1906. Those issues, which were dated March 1, March 8, March 15, March 22 and March 29, 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.
MARCH 1, 1906
Mr. Jas. Stacey of Manistee was in to see us Monday.
McGill: Mr. Robert Wallace, an old and esteemed Confederate veteran, is visiting friends at Mt. Pleasant and Eliska.
Glendale: Mr. David McKinley died at home on Feb. 24. Mr. McKinley was a man that every one who knew him liked.
Mr. Charley Broughton of The Journal took in Mardi Gras at Mobile.
Mr. J.W. Fore left last week for New York and other eastern markets to buy his spring stock of goods.
Dr. H.T. Fountain of Burnt Corn favored The Journal with a call while in town last week. The Doctor is still holding his cotton under the advice of the Southern Association. We hope that he may yet realize the desired price.
Mr. R.L. Kennedy has just completed a commodious barn and sale stables.
Pine Apple R.F.D. No. 1: Married at the home of the bride’s parents last Thursday afternoon, Mr. Reddin Wade and Miss Johnnie Peacock, Justice G.W. Pugh officiating. A host of relatives and friends were present to wish them happiness.
Activity: Dr. W.J. Mason of Daphne is visiting his son, Dr. David Mason. He says farmers in the pine country are making fine progress for the season.
MARCH 8, 1906
Mr. S.H. Dailey, the faithful High Priest, was down from Tunnel Springs Tuesday to attend the meeting of the Royal Arch Chapter.
Buena Vista: Dr. Leslie Robbins was in town one day last week, doing dental work.
Capt. and Mrs. Wiggins visited friends near Tunnel Springs this week.
Mr. J.C. Griffin was up from Excel Monday. Mr. Griffin butchered a “shoat” a few days ago, which tipped the beam at 432 net.
Miss Jennie Faulk has returned home after spending a week in St. Louis selecting her magnificent stock of spring hats and millinery novelties, which are now arriving. Miss Callie Faulk is also in the store and no effort will be spared to please the taste and gratify the desire of customers.
Dr. R.A. Smith has removed to Nadawah to accept the position of physician and druggist for the Shoal Creek Lumber Co. Dr. Smith will retain his interests here and his new engagements will not prevent him from responding to the call of his friends in cases of emergency.
Pineville: Mr. Wm. Hemby, a former resident of this place who moved to Texas a few years ago, has come back and decided to locate at Muscogee, Fla. The Texas boll weevil proved too great an antagonism for him.
Pine Apple R.F.D. No. 1: Prof. B.F. Hale closed his school at Chapman school house last Friday, March 2. Mr. Hale returned to his home at Pine Apple.
MARCH 15, 1906
Monday: All his neighbors and friends are glad of the release of Mr. Frank Watson of Jeddo, who accidentally shot and killed his uncle a few weeks ago.
Mr. C.E. Carter, the popular hotel man of Manistee, was in to see us Tuesday.
Mr. R.L. Kennedy now has charge of the local telephone exchange. He will put the lines in good shape and endeavor to give satisfactory service. The central office is located in the Misses Patrick’s millinery store.
Poplar Springs: Master George Lambert, while out sporting, killed a monstrous wild cat.
Shibboleth: Rev. Mr. Hasty, pastor of the Methodist Church at this place, preached on the first Sunday instead of the second Sunday, his regular day, on account of the quarterly conference which was held at Repton on Sunday before the first Sunday.
McGill: The “fire fiend” has opened up his annual jubilee in our vicinity and for several days the neighbors have been “fighting fire with fire.” Fortunately, the heavy rain of Thursday completely vanquished the dreaded foe, which each season causes no little damage to fences and in many other ways gives rise to “cuss” words on part of piney woods farmers.
Mr. Willis Hybart of Mobile spent a few days with his brother, C.L. Hybart, Esq. Mr. Hybart holds a responsible position with the well known cotton commission house of R.A. Smith & Co.
MARCH 22, 1906
Jones Mill: Mr. Lonnie Sims began his duties on the Rural Free Delivery mail route with Jones Mill as distributing point, March 15th, much to the satisfaction and convenience of the citizens.
Mr. W.H. Tucker, merchant and postmaster at Snider, was among Monroeville friends Wednesday.
Another rural free delivery mail route has been established in this county, designated as R.F.D. No. 2. It runs from Snider on the Manistee & Repton railroad and serves and extensive territory around Jones Mill. Several post offices in the neighborhood have been discontinued.
Mr. Miles J. Jackson died at his home at Peterman on the morning of the 15th inst. after an illness of several weeks. He was buried at Repton Friday with Masonic honors.
Activity: Dr. A.G. Stacey’s new drug store is nearly completed.
The cool weather punctuated with frost and ice during the present week occasions much apprehension as to the safety of the fruit crop.
Pineville: Mr. Lee Andrews has nearly finished two terms at the Medical college in Mobile; his examinations there will close about the fifth of April. He will go, afterwards, to Chicago for a few days and thence to Montgomery and commence again the work he was doing last vacation. He will not come home until late in the summer.
MARCH 29, 1906
Mr. J.B. Barnett and family are occupying the dwelling recently vacated by Dr. R.A. Smith.
The spring term of the Monroe Circuit Court will convene next Monday, April 2. Judge Lackland hopes to practically clear the docket at this term of court.
The Monroe County Medical Society will hold its annual meeting in Monroeville on Wed., April 4. A full attendance and an interesting session is expected by the medicos.
Mr. Bush English of Eliska is now employed in the office of the Probate Judge.
Prof. I.A. Weaver, who has been teaching here for several months, left for home at Lineville on Wednesday.
Mr. J.F. McKinley passed through town Saturday on his return from Mobile to his home at River Ridge. Mr. McKinley was feeling good over the sale of his cotton crop and a raft of timber at good prices.
Mt. Pleasant: Misses Katie Scott and Mary Gregg, who have been visiting Mrs. Chas. King left on Str. Nettie Quill yesterday to return to their home in the Gulf City.
McWilliams: The old saw mill will start up again soon. This, with the two grist mills, already in operation, will give our town plenty of fuss.
Ollie: We are glad to see that Mr. F.B. Clingo prospers in his mercantile business.