|John and Nancy Blanton|
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 130 years ago during the month of November 1886. Those issues, which were dated Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19 and Nov. 26, 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.
NOV. 5, 1886
County court convened Monday.
The election passed off very quietly Tuesday.
The Journal was delayed last week on account of the cold “snap” and other unfortunate circumstances.
Mr. Ben Goldsmith died very suddenly at his home in Claiborne Sunday, the 31st inst.
Finchburg is the name of a new post office recently established in the neighborhood of Col. A.J. Hays, about six or seven miles west of River Ridge. It will be quite a convenience to the people of that community.
N. Smith was prosecuted recently in three cases and had a trial before Judge Sowell last Friday, and was acquitted in each case. Smith was represented by Col. James Faulk, who proved by the skillful manner in which he managed the cases that he understands his profession.
Rev. Mr. Morton preached at the Presbyterian church Wednesday at 3:45 p.m.
The weather has turned off much warmer.
Only one week from Monday until Circuit Court.
Rev. P.C. Morton, Presbyterian Evangelist, closed a meeting at Perdue Hill Tuesday with seven successions to the church. He stopped in town Wednesday, on his way to the Presbytery, which meets in Columbiana in a few days.
NOV. 12, 1886
The Congressional vote in Monroe last week was lighter than ever before.
The champion cotton-picker – Tommie Nettles of Kempville, this county, is the champion cotton-picker of the South. In three days, he picked 1,560 pounds of cotton – making an average of 520 pounds per day.
Mr. H.B. Rikard, a thriving young merchant of Buena Vista, was in Monroeville Monday.
Circuit Court will convene Monday.
Commissioners Court was in session Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Commissioners Herrington, Green and Davis were in attendance upon the Commissioners Court this week.
The County Board of Education met last Saturday.
Mr. E.D. Conover left for Athens, Ala. last week, where he will shortly remove his family.
If you want bargains, don’t forget to attend the Conover Auction Sale next week.
Mr. T.A. Nettles of Longstreet, Kempville, one of Monroe’s most prominent citizens, and live and enterprising men, was in town last week.
Capt. Jno. DeLoach, T.L. Sowell Esq., and Mr. G.W. McCorvey are attending the state fair at Montgomery this week.
NOV. 19, 1886
Mrs. Emma Seymour is occupying the Conover residence, which she leased for a term of three years.
Finchburg – We regret to learn that Mr. T.W. Marshall, near Finchburg, this county, had the misfortune to lose his dwelling, and the greater part of his household and kitchen furniture by fire on Thursday of last week.
J.A. Matheson, Esq., editor of The Pine Apple Gazette, was in town this week.
The fall term of Circuit Court convened Monday at 12 o’clock, Judge Clarke presiding.
H.T. Taylor, Esq., of Choctaw County was appointed special solicitor for the present term.
Capt. W.B. Kemp was sworn in as foreman of the grand jury.
Sudden Death – Mrs. Nancy Blanton, an aged lady of near Perdue Hill, had been on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Thos. Watts, on Wednesday of last week, and in the evening she started to return home on foot, the distance being short. Her daughter essayed to accompany her a part of the way. They had gone but a short distance when Mrs. Blanton fell dead in the road. Her death is supposed to have been caused from heart disease.
A Gale – The wind blew quite a gale Thursday night and Wednesday, terminating in a very heavy shower of rain, in consequence of which the weather is decidedly colder.
Cadet T.M. Stevens returned to Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago, where he will attend another session of the state university.
APRIL 26, 1886
Circuit court adjourned Saturday.
Mr. A.A. Rhoad has resigned his position as deputy sheriff and will return to Buena Vista.
The grand jury found 34 true bills. This shows crime to be slightly on the decrease in Monroe.
Mrs. Conover left Sunday to join her husband at Athens, Ala.
E.J. Cloud, Esq., is attending court at Camden.
Escaped Convict: I will pay to anyone the award of $2,500 for the capture of a convict who left my place last week, William or Bill McWilliams, also defray any expense they may have in getting. He is black, 21 years old, five and one half feet high, large features, wears a small black hat, dark jeans, overshirt piped into red, buttons on each shoulder, No. 9 shoe, brown pants and carried with him a pair of No. 8 Sunday shoes and vest of common checked material, face is bumpy.
River Ridge, Ala.
Mr. T.A. Nettles of Kempville killed a hog last week, 18 months old, of the Essex breed, weighing 276 pounds net.
Capt. W.S. Wiggins went to Mobile Tuesday to replenish his stock of goods.