Sunday, May 8, 2016

110-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from May 1906

Grave of John A. Marshall in Texas.
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 May 1906. Those issues, which were dated May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 and May 31, 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.

MAY 3, 1906

The reunion of Confederate veterans at New Orleans last week is pronounced a great success. The Picayune estimates the number of attendants from outside the city at 43,000. The next reunion will be held at Richmond, Va.

Mr. J.L. Marshall is at home from the Veterans reunion at New Orleans. He says the reunion was a great success.

Mrs. Sarah Seymour and daughter, Miss Mary, attended the Confederate Veterans reunion at New Orleans last week.

Capt. A.H. Johnson of Franklin passed through Monroeville Sunday on his return from the reunion of Confederate Veterans at New Orleans.

Hon. Emmet O’Neal, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, stopped over in Monroeville for a few hours between trains on Tuesday and met quite a number of our citizens.

PINEVILLE: Mrs. Howard Lee of Castleberry is visiting at the home of her father, Dr. G.G. Stallworth.

AXLE: Rev. A.J. Lambert preached a very interesting sermon, which was enjoyed by all present.

POPLAR SPRINGS: We are sorry to learn that Mr. Less Biggs of Maros had the misfortune to lose one of his feet while at work on the log train a few days ago.

JONES MILLS: Several families around here were fortunate enough to enjoy a mess of fish through the efforts of W.H. Tucker, D. Roberts and J.A. Turner, who spent two days fishing last week.

BUENA VISTA: Mrs. C. Middleton stumbled over a brick in her hen house and sustained painful injuries to her face and hands. Under the skillful treatment of Dr. Jas. Stallworth her wounds are rapidly healing. Mrs. Middleton has never been confined to her room.

CHESTNUT: Mr. Joe Daley’s house caught on fire last week, but they succeeded in putting out the fire before it did any serious damage.

McWILLIAMS: Dr. Tenant McWilliams visits our town very often.

PINEAPPLE R.F.D. NO. 1: There was a large crowd attended Sunday school at Mt. Pleasant Sunday.

MAY 10, 1906

Capt. Charlie Johnson, the veteran steamboatman, passed through Monroeville Monday en route to River Ridge to spend a few days with his family.

Major James T. Beck, probate judge of Wilcox County, died at an infirmary in Selma on Monday, where he had been under medical treatment for several weeks. Judge Beck was one of the most popular men in his county and had held the office of probate judge for several terms.

The election for Mayor and Councilmen of the Town of Monroeville on Monday last was a warm number. J.W. Fore was re-elected Mayor and H.C. DuBose, J.I. Watson and J.B. Barnett elected Councilmen.

McNEIL: Messrs. N.A. McNeil and W.S. Gay are putting in a big saw and shingle mill. A few more buildings having been erected.

CHESTNUT: The drought we have had for several weeks was broken last Friday by a fine rain accompanied by wind and hail. No damage done except on low lands.

PINEVILLE: Miss Eunice Stallworth’s school at Nadawah closed Friday. She will enjoy vacation now at her lovely home.

PROVO: Well, our school will close here Thursday. We are sorry to have our little teacher leave us, would be glad to have her another session.
Mr. T.F. Mashburn of Flomaton is calling on our little school ma’am again this week.

WAIT AND DREWRY: Children’s day exercises in the Drewry Sunday school will be held on next Sabbath, May 13, at 10 o’clock in the church.

Capt. Thomas S. Wiggins spent a few days on his Flat Creek plantation last week.

Capt. F.M. Jones is still quite feeble, though better than for several weeks.

Capt. W.S. Wiggins and Mrs. Wiggins spent a few days in Mobile last week.

Mr. J.H. Johnston of Albertville, Marshall County, is now with the Peoples Drug Co. in the capacity of pharmacist.

MAY 17, 1906

Fred L. Hancock, under indictment for the murder of Prof. Jesse Troutman in Escambia County, about 18 months ago, broke jail at Brewton and made good his escape on Wednesday night of last week. Hancock was tried at the recent term of the Escambia circuit court, but the jury failed to agree and he was bound over.

WILKERSONVILLE: Mr. Ed Austen of Awin was pranking with a pistol and shot a hole through his hand.
Messrs. Clayton and Gantt of Pine Apple visited the base ball near Bone Hill Saturday.

G.A. Fountain of Fork has been appointed Notary Public, ex-officio Justice of the Peace for Beat 10.

XBEC: The weather is fine, and the corn is looking very well in this section. Cotton don’t seem to be doing so well.

MANISTEE: Our town seems to be on a boom judging from the building that is being done.

JONES MILL: Dr. Busey and Miss Mary Shivers were married last Sunday afternoon at Manistee by Mr. Galloway, the Justice of the Peace, and the Dr.’s many friends were quite surprised.

Dr. S.B. McMillan of Jones Mill was among Monroeville friends Friday.

Judge I.B. Slaughter was confined to his room with sickness the first of the week.

Dr. R.A. Smith was down from Nadawah last week on a professional visit.

MAY 24, 1906

The Journal tenders congratulations to Capt. J.F. Foster, editor of The Wilcox Banner, on his appointment as probate judge of Wilcox County, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Judge James T. Beck.

Drs. Clarence Jones of Camden, A.G. Stacey of Activity, John J. Dailey of Tunnel Springs, E.G. Burson of Furman and Dr. Farish of Wilcox were before the Board of Censors of the Monroe County Medical Society this week undergoing examination for license to practice medicine. Dr. Jones has been in the quarantine service in Mexican waters for a year past. The other young gentlemen were recently graduated from the Alabama Medical College.

The following cases appealed from the Monroe circuit court have been passed upon by the supreme court during the term:
George Untriner, murder in second degree, reversed and remanded:
Frank Coker, murder, affirmed;
Tom Snider, murder, reversed and remanded;
Andrew Rogers, murder, affirmed;
Sonny Coker, rape, affirmed. In this case, the penalty was fixed by the jury at death by hanging. It is said that admissions made by prosecutrix since the trial confirms belief that the conviction was secured on false testimony. The case will probably be appealed to the pardon board.

CHESTNUT: Messrs. B.C. Dawson, H.L., Mack and J.W. Dailey, and L.D. and W.M. Hestle made a business trip to Camden last week.

MONDAY: Our friend, H.W. Boulware of Repton was a pleasant caller here the first of the week.

PINEAPPLE R.F.D. NO. 1: Rev. F.M. Fletcher filled his regular appointment Sunday at Mt. Pleasant. There was a large congregation attended.

MAY 31, 1906

McWILLIAMS: About 25 or 30 from here attended the memorial services held at Indian Springs church on Saturday before the third Sunday in May. We will always praise the good people who compose the church.

POPLAR SPRINGS: Rev. G.W. McRae, our esteemed pastor, has changed his regular appointment here from the first to the second Sunday in each month, and has also sold his home in Atmore and moved his family to Grove Hill, Clarke County.

There will be an ice cream supper and box party given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Griffin on Thursday night, June 7, for the purpose of buying an organ for the Excel Baptist Church.

Death of John A. Marshall: The many friends of the family in your county will learn with deep regret of the death of John A. Marshall at Appleby, Nacogdochese County, Texas, May 7, 1906.
Mr. Marshall was a native of Monroe County and spent his youth and young manhood there.
Serving during the Civil War in Co. H, 2nd Alabama Cavalry, James H. McCreary, captain.
After the close of the war, Mr. Marshall moved to Panola County, Texas, but later moved to Nacogdochese County, where he lived until his death.
Nacogdochese, Texas

WILKINSONVILLE: Rev. M.E. Grant filled his regular appointment at the Methodist church last Sunday, but the congregation was quite small on account of rain.

JONES MILL: The infant of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Williamson of Beatrice died at the home of his brother May 19th and was buried at Hickory Flat church yard.

MANISTEE: Mr. W.A. Mooney, the efficient photographer of Excel, was in town last week.
Rev. J.B. Kilpatrick filled his regular appointment at Pleasant Hill Sunday.

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