|Manning Harper grave in Booker Family Cemetery.|
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published five editions 115 years ago during the month of January 1902. Those issues, which were dated Jan. 2, Jan. 9, Jan. 16, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, 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.
JAN. 2, 1902
Mr. G.A. Tuthill, the efficient postmaster at Claiborne, was among our New Year callers.
Miss Callie Faulk resumed her school at Tekoa Monday after spending the holidays at home.
Wm. H. Farmer, who has been foreman on The Journal for the past four months, left Saturday to accept a position on the Biloxi (Miss.) Daily Herald.
Superintendent Forte will be at his office Friday and Saturday with $3,308.78 for disbursement to teachers of public schools for the first quarter of the current scholastic year.
MANISTEE: The Bear Creek Lumber Mill is now in operation at this place and doing nice work.
Mrs. Sarah Stacey is visiting her niece, Mrs. W.L. Middleton, at Jones Mills.
Volume Thirty-Five: The Journal begins its thirty-fifth volume with this issue. The past year has been one of the most prosperous in many respects in its history. The publisher has been enabled to add many improvements and its plant is now one of the best equipped in the country. We have received many words of commendation and kindly acts of encouragement during the year and the number of new names added to our subscription list attest the paper’s growth in public favor.
Marcus R. Sowell left Saturday for Montgomery to enter upon the duties of a clerkship in the office of the State Auditor.
JAN. 9, 1902
The annual reunion of United Confederate Veterans will be held at Dallas, Texas April 22 to 25, 1902. The general commanding announces that 1,390 camps have affiliated with the association and applications from many more have been received at the headquarters. Veterans everywhere are urged to send to the headquarters for organization papers.
A sad accident occurred at Pine Orchard, a few miles from here (Burnt Corn) on the 26th ult. Mr. Manning Harp and his brother-in-law, Mr. Bat Booker, were out hunting when Mr. Booker stumbled and fell accidentally discharging his gun, the contents taking effect in the chest of Mr. Harp. He lived only a short time.
There is some talk of a petition for a mail route from Burnt Corn to Peterman, the mail to connect with both the north and southbound trains, and the discontinuance of the present line from Burnt Corn to Evergreen. This change will be of decided advantage to the people of this community (Burnt Corn).
Jno. McDuffie was down from River Ridge Monday.
Mr. Griffin of Griffin Bros., Excel, looked in on us Tuesday.
Capt. T.A. Nettles was down from Kempville the first of the week.
F.W. Hare, Esq., is back from Auburn where he spent the holidays with relatives.
JAN. 16, 1902
Sheriff Harrengton made a business trip to Beatrice last week.
Three negroes and a mule were drowned in the backwater from the river near Bell’s Landing last Friday. The negroes, two men and a woman, driving a mule attached to a wagon, started to the landing to meet the boat and evidently plunged into a hole that was over their depth. All were drowned.
Pythian Officers: At the last meeting of Prairie Queen Lodge No. 167, Knights of Pythias, the following officers were elected: O.O. Bayles, chancellor commander; C.E. Bizzelle, vice chancellor; N.J. Stallworth, prelate; C.L. Hybart, master of work; H.W. Jones, master at arms; J.H. Barefield, keeper of records and seal; J.B. Stallworth, master of exchequer; A.R. Boulware, master of finance; C.W. McClure, inner guard; J.M. Daniel, outer guard.
Wm. B. Green of Burnt Corn, one of the newly appointed County Registrars, was here last week conferring with his colleague.
Capt. Thos. S. Wiggins is at his Flat Creek plantation for a few days, superintending preparations for the planting of another crop.
Edgar Baas of Jones Mill brought his two hundred-odd pounds of avoirdupois to town Tuesday, leaving a pleasant reminder of his visit to this office.
The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Moore died at Perdue Hill on Tuesday after an illness of several weeks, aged about one year. The parents have sympathy of the community.
JAN. 23, 1902
Date of Meeting Changed: At the last communication of Monroeville Masonic Lodge the bylaws were amended changing the time of meeting to Wednesday before the third Sunday in each month at 10 o’clock a.m., instead of on Saturday as heretofore. The members and visiting brethren will please bear this in mind.
Hollinger: Daniel McNiel is down the creek putting two saw mills for the purpose of cutting 100,000 crossties for which he has contracted.
Miss L.L. Hightower of Nero, Ala., who has been visiting relatives in the city for some time, left yesterday on the steamer Mary for her home. It is to Miss Hightower’s credit that her tardiness was the cause of the Mary being able to save passengers of the sinking steamer Frank Stone Saturday night. An officer of the Mary states that the boat was to have left before the Stone, but knowing that Miss Hightower intended returning to her home by the boat that afternoon, the boat waited half an hour for her, and so the Stone left in advance of the Mary; but even after the half hour wait, Miss Hightower reached the wharf two minutes late, just in time to see the Mary heading upstream. – Mobile Register.
Dr. J.F. Busey of Jones Mill dropped in to see us while in town the first of the week.
Rev. J.Z. Haney, who served the Presbyterian church at this place the past 12 or 18 months, has removed to Arkansas to accept a new charge.
Prof. W.S. Porter of Excel, one of the teachers in the Jones Mill school, was in to see us Saturday, and enrolled his name as a regular reader of The Journal.
JAN. 30, 1902
Capt. J.H. McCreary of Turnbull was in town yesterday.
County Surveyor T.A. Rumbley says the calls made for his services have never been so numerous and urgent as at present.
Flomaton: The remains of Mr. Will Townsend, son of our former postmaster, who died at Ennis, Texas, on the 18th inst., were interred here with Masonic honors on Monday following in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowful and sympathizing friends. Every mail adds to the list and he finds it impossible to attend promptly to his correspondence and surveying at the same time.
Manistee: The Bear Creek Mill Co. is turning out some nice lumber since their new mill has been started up.
Small Pox at Provo: An outbreak of small pox in the vicinity of Provo is reported to Health Officer Wiggins by Dr. J.F. Busey, physician at Jones Mill. The disease developed several days ago and there are now seven cases under treatment. By direction of the Health Officer, the infected houses have been quarantined and immune nurses provided for the sufferers. It is hoped that these measures together with the enforcement of vaccination, the disease may be prevented from spreading further.
Capt. W.H. Andrews of Perdue Hill was in town Tuesday shaking hands with his many friends.