Sunday, March 12, 2017

110-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from March 1907

Grave of Dr. C.C. Curtis.
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor and proprietor Q. Salter, published four editions 110 years ago during the month of March 1907. Those issues, which were dated March 7, March 14, March 21 and March 28, 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.

MARCH 7, 1907

Editor Abner J. Smith is showing his fine Italian hand in the make-up of the Wilcox Progressive Era.

Miss Jennie Faulk has returned from a trip to St. Louis where she purchased the handsomest stock of millinery that she has ever shown.

Mr. B.H. Stallworth, who has been Sheriff Fountain’s efficient chief deputy for several years past, resigned his position on March 1 to go into business for himself. Mr. Stallworth will engage in timber business in Southwest Alabama.

Pythian District Convention: The Knights of Pythias of the Sixth District, composed of the counties of Wilcox, Marengo, Dallas, Lowndes, Perry and Monroe, met in the second semi-annual convention at Marion last Friday. Those in attendance from Monroeville Lodge have much to say in praise of the fraternal courtesies extended them by E.D. King Lodge, under whose auspices the convention was held, and of their delightful visit to the little city, far-famed for its generous folk and splendid hospitality.
Prof. L.K. Benson, as committeeman of the Sixth District, presided over the convention and reported for his district the largest increase of membership in the state.
The two business sessions of the convention were followed by a banquet at the King Hotel, at which about 200 covers were laid.
Prof. Benson and Messrs. D.K. Smith and R.L. Kennedy, who represented Monroeville Lodge, returned home Sunday morning.

MARCH 14, 1907

A new Masonic Lodge was organized at Manistee last Thursday night under a dispensation recently granted by the Grand Master. The Lodge will be known as Mizpah Lodge No. 667. The following officers were installed by Mr. Geo. W. Salter Sr., Worshipful Master of Excel Lodge, viz: William R. Blackwell, W.M.; George H. Harper, S.W.; John W. Wilkerson, J.W.; J. Tol Sawyer, Treasurer; Archie Heyburn, Secretary; James H. Herlong, S.D.; William B. Sawyer, J.D. Messrs. J.B. Barnett, D.K. Smith, J.W. Lizenba and Q. Salter of the Monroeville Lodge, Rev. C.H. Motley of Escambia (Fla.) Lodge and S.F. Busey of Alabama Lodge assisted in the organization.
The new lodge is located in the important lumber manufacturing town of Manistee, surrounded by a prosperous and rapidly developing agricultural section and gives promise of rapid growth and permanent usefulness. The organization of this lodge brings the number of subordinate lodges now working in Monroe County up to 10 with an approximate effective membership of possibly 1,500.

Mr. A.J. Morris, who died at Heflin, Ala., last week at the age of more than 100 years, was the last survivor of the massacre of Fort Mims, the most terrible battle ever fought in Alabama. The massacre took place in August 1813, which was 94 years ago, when Morris was a boy. His name is put down in the histories as Maurice or Mourrice. He was wounded in the fight but succeeded in making his escape to Mount Vernon. The old man never had his pension and died very poor. If the story be verified, a monument should be erected to the memory of the last of those who escaped from Fort Mims. – Birmingham Ledger.

MARCH 21, 1907

Mr. G.A. Fountain of Fork is assisting Sheriff Fountain in the capacity of special deputy.

The Spring Term of the Circuit Court for Monroe County will convene on Monday the first day of April and remain in session two weeks. The term promises to be an unusually busy one, both the civil and criminal dockets being heavy. Circuit Clerk John M. Coxwell informs us that there are 147 cases on the criminal docket, of which number nine are capital, and 50 cases on the civil docket. The criminal docket is about up to the average of the past few terms, but the civil docket is much heavier.

CHESTNUT: We have been having heavy rains of late which have caused the farmers to be somewhat backward with their farm work.

PINEVILLE: Brother Tate preached here Sunday and at Nadawah in the evening but cancelled his engagement to preach at Beatrice in the afternoon as he was physically unable to preach three sermons that day.

BUENA VISTA: We regret to hear of the death of our old friend Dr. C. Curtis, which occurred at his home at Lower Peach Tree the early part of the past week.

Mr. John W. Urquhart has been appointed County Road Superintendent under the new road law passed by the legislature.

Prof. I.A. Weaver, who is pleasantly remembered as the principal of the Institute last year, paid a brief visit to Monroeville this week.

MARCH 28, 1907

EXCEL: All things are now ready to build the new Methodist church. They have already commenced work on it.
The public school at Excel closes on April 27. Prof. E.M. Rook is principal and Miss Corrye King assistant.

Prof. W.S. Neal of Brewton spent a day or two with his brother-in-law, Hon. I.B. Slaughter, last week.

Prof. Austin, principal of the Jones Mill school, was in to see us Tuesday. Mr. Austin’s school closed on Thursday last with interesting and appropriate exercises at night.

Mr. Woodford Mabry, the celebrated humorist and lecturer, will deliver his noted lecture, “Thoughts on Life,” at the courthouse on Monday evening, April 1, for the benefit of the School Improvement Association.

Mr. J.P. Benson, the popular traveling man of Camden, was in the city last week.

Mr. J.H. Herlong and Miss Bilbro of Manistee attended religious services at Monroeville last Sunday.

The law firm of Bayles, Hybart & Burns has been dissolved, Oscar O. Bayles, Esq., retiring. The dissolution is due to the new act which prohibits the partners of the county solicitor from defending criminal cases beyond the county court.

PINEVILLE: There is a fine arrival at Mrs. Howard Lee’s, a fine boy which she has named Goode Stallworth for her father.

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