|'Outlaw Sheriff' Stephen S. Renfroe|
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of publisher Q. Salter, published five editions 130 years ago during the month of October 1886. Those issues, which were dated Oct. 1, Oct. 8, Oct. 15, Oct. 22 and Oct. 29, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those five editions. Enjoy.
OCT. 1, 1886
Slight earthquake shocks continue to visit Charleston.
Notwithstanding the continuation of the earthquake shocks at Charleston, the work of rebuilding goes steadily on.
The fall term of the circuit court for Monroe County will convene Mon., Nov. 15.
Mr. John I. Watson, one of our enterprising grocery dealers – look out for his advertisement next week, and proprietor of that excellent hotel, the Watson House, has had the dead oak which stood in front of his store cut down and converted into fire wood.
MASONIC NOTICE: The Masonic Fraternity is invited to attend the funeral services of Bro. Elbert McKinley on the second Sunday in October at 10 o’clock a.m. from the Burnt House in the McKinley neighborhood. A.M. Leslie, Sec’y Monroeville Lodge 153.
Perdue Hill claims, and with a degree of justice too, to be the best cotton market in Alabama.
Died – At his home at Gainestown, Clarke County, after a brief illness. Mr. Floyd H. Avery, aged about 27 years.
Mr. Avery was the stepson of Mr. F.M. Jones, of this place, and a brother of Master Hugh Jones of the Journal office. He leaves a wife and mother, several brothers and sisters and many friends to mourn his untimely death.
Mr. B.F. Wiggins left for Marion last Sunday where he will attend another session of Howard College.
OCT. 8, 1886
County court was in session Monday and Tuesday of this week, Judge Sowell presiding.
Mr. J.H. Moore Jr. of Claiborne, the obliging proprietor of the Lower Warehouse, who was in town last week, says the river is now lower than it has been in a long while and is still falling.
Mr. John McDuffie of River Ridge was in town Monday.
Col. A.J. Hays of River Ridge gave us a call while in town Monday.
Hon. James T. Jones, democratic nominee for Congress in the First District, will address the people at the courthouse on the 15th inst. Come out and hear him.
Mr. S.P. Lindsey, with his mother and sister, is comfortably domiciled in his cozy new residence, in the eastern suburbs. Mr. L. says he now lives at home and boards at the same place.
Our doctors report considerable sickness in the community.
The Southern University at Greensboro opened with 150 students.
There are 97,600 acres of land in Clarke County belonging to the United States government.
OCT. 15, 1886
Quite a number of people attended the Masonic funeral of Mr. Elbert McKinley near River Ridge last Sunday.
Rain is needed badly in this section. The Alabama River is now lower than it has been for years we are told, and if it does not rain soon, the boats will have to tie up.
Mr. Emmons’ steam gin caught fire last Saturday, and but for the prompt action of the employees, the gin, saw and grist mill would have been destroyed.
Tax Collector Stevens is out on his first round for this year.
The Montgomery Dispatch last Sunday published a portrait of Steve Renfroe, the noted outlaw, together with a brief sketch of his remarkable career and death.
Hon. J.T. Jones, candidate for congress, will address the people at the courthouse today.
Don’t forget that the Perdue Hill Dramatic Society will give another of their pleasant entertainments on the 22nd.
Dr. W.W. McMillan of Glendale was in town Friday.
A.M. Leslie, Esq., paid a visit to Brewton last week.
Rev. E.E. Cowan and Mr. J.F. Fore paid Perdue Hill a visit Monday.
Dr. R.N. McMillan of Carlisle was in town Monday.
OCT. 22, 1886
The Tuscumbia North Alabamian has been purchased by Mr. James Keller. The Alabamian is in the 54th volume.
Thomas Garrett of our neighbor county of Baldwin is the most remarkable man in Alabama. He is 119 years old, is the father of 21 children, has voted the democratic ticket all his life. He cast his first vote for John Adams 90 years ago.
MOBILE, ALA., Oct. 18, 1886
Ed. Journal: Please announce in this week’s issue that Steamer Alabama will be delayed here one week in order to complete some necessary repairs. She will leave on her regular schedule Monday, 25th, and every Monday thereafter. C.J. English, Capt.
Hon. Jas. T. Jones addressed a small, but attentive assembly at the courthouse Friday afternoon.
A little negro boy entered The Journal office last Saturday night through a broken window pane. The boy found nothing but accounts against delinquent subscribers, and judging them to be of no value, he didn’t take anything. He had a preliminary examination before Judge Sowell Monday, but as a case could not be made out against him, he was discharged.
The assembly at the courthouse to hear Hon. James T. Jones’ address was small owing to the busy season of the year.
Hon. James T. Jones honored our editorial sanctum with his presence last Friday. We have known Capt. Jones by reputation for several years but had not before had the pleasure of forming his personal acquaintance.
OCT. 29, 1886
There was a heavy frost here yesterday morning.
There are six prisoners confined in the county jail.
Rev. E.E. Cowan commenced a protracted meeting at the Methodist church Wednesday night.
Mr. S.P. Lindsey went to Buena Vista Tuesday.
The cotton crop will in a few weeks be entirely gathered, ginned and sold.
A light shower of rain fell here last Monday night, in consequence of which the weather has grown much cooler.
Our esteemed friend, Mr. W.L. Rikard, had the misfortune to lose a valuable horse a few days ago.
Rev. E.E. Cowan closed a very interesting and successful revival meeting at Puryearville church near Burnt Corn Monday night with 17 accessions to the church.
Several young gentlemen and ladies from this place attended the entertainment given by the Dramatic Club at Perdue Hill last Friday evening.
Services at the Methodist church Sunday night were conducted by Rev. Eli Hendrix.