Sunday, December 11, 2016

110-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from Dec. 1906

John McDuffie
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published three editions 110 years ago during the month of December 1906. Those issues, which were dated Dec. 6, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those three editions. Enjoy.

DEC. 6, 1906

Capt. F.M. Jones returned last Thursday from Mobile where he attended the reunion of Confederate veterans.

Mr. Henry E. Melton of Melton & Co., leading merchants of Pine Apple, favored The Journal with a call while in town Friday.

Mr. B.F. Wiggins will remove to Atmore on Jan. 1, where he will embark in the hotel business.

Messrs. W.J. and J.H. Baas of Jones Mill were in to see us last week; the latter will remove to Canoe in a few weeks.

F.W. Hare, Esq., has returned from Clanton, where he won an important land case before the Circuit Court of Chilton County.

MANISTEE: Mr. Archie Heyburn, the popular lumber salesman of the Manistee Mill Co., is enjoying the pleasure of having his wife with him. Just came across the pond – they are from England. Mr. Heyburn has not seen her for some time.

Thanksgiving at Bell’s Landing: Last Thursday night, Nov. 29, the Hall at Bell’s Landing was brightly lighted and the doors were thrown open by Knights of Pythias, welcoming the people who had gathered there from different parts of the county to spend a few hours there and help them to celebrate Thanksgiving.
When the crowd had gathered in the hall and every thing seemed to be pleasant, Hon. John McDuffie brought forth and introduced to the crowd Prof. Larry K. Benson of Monroeville, a former resident of Bell’s Landing. Prof. Benson made a fine speech, which was enjoyed by all present, and I am sure it was commendable.

DEC. 13, 1906

Oyster Supper: The ladies of Perdue Hill will serve oysters at the Masonic Hall Friday evening, Dec. 21, for the benefit of the school house. All are invited to come.

Messrs. J.R. Foster with Camden Banner and G.R. Hollinger attended an entertainment given by the young people here Friday night and gave us a pleasant call.

CHESTNUT: The J.T. Dailey’s estate had the misfortune to lose a fine mule on the railroad last week.

PINEVILLE: A few days ago, Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Ganus put an iron railing around the graves of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Stallworth.
Dr. David Mason had the misfortune to lose his house, it took fire and burned Saturday night.
Saturday Mr. Sanders put out fire to burn off broom-heath, his little girl was playing near it and caught fire, her clothing was blazing above her head when her parents saw it, they both burned their hands terribly trying to put the fire out. The child would doubtless have burned to death had it not been for a driver who had stopped there with his wagon, he jerked it away from the excited parents, threw his hat over its face and rolled it on the ground, extinguishing the fire in the dirt.

BUENA VISTA: Mr. Albert Rikard has gone to Manistee to work for Mr. Jackson. He, as well as his sister, Miss Maggie, expect to return home Christmas, to be present at the marriage (of Geo. Rikard to Clara Whistenhant on Dec. 23), and to spend the holidays with home folks.

DEC. 20, 1906

No paper will be issued from this office during Holiday week. We shall take advantage of the omission to clean up and straighten out the office for an even start with the New Year.

Mrs. Missouri A. Watson, wife of Mr. John F. Watson, died at her home in this city on Tuesday night, Dec. 17, aged about 68 years. Mrs. Watson’s illness was of very brief duration and outside of the immediate family was unknown to her friends, hence the announcement of her death was a profound shock to the entire community.
Mrs. Watson had been a resident of Monroeville for many years and had many friends.

F.W. Hare, Esq., has returned from a visit to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he accompanied his mother who will spend the winter there.

Rev. Mr. Boyd of Clinton, S.C., who has been called to the pastorate of the Monroeville group of Presbyterian churches, preached here last Sunday.

Rev. C.H. Motley has been returned to the Monroeville circuit for another year.

The Journal has received an invitation from Mrs. Mary Hunter McClelland to the marriage of her daughter Gladys to Mr. William M. Stallworth on the afternoon on Thurs., Dec. 27, 1906 at two o’clock at her residence, Turnbull, Ala. An enclosed card announces that they will be at home after Dec. 29 in Meridian, Miss.

WESLEY CHAPEL: Our school began a few weeks ago with Mr. J.C. Sawyer as teacher.

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