|Grave of Thomas Bigby Green.|
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor Q. Salter, likely published five editions 125 years ago during the month of March 1892. Four of those issues, which were dated March 10, March 17, March 24 and March 31, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. The March 3 edition is missing from the library’s microfilm collection. What follows are a few news highlights from the four editions that are available on microfilm there. Enjoy.
MARCH 10, 1892
Prof. Claude Hardy, principal of the Buena Vista High School, one of the most flourishing institutions in the county, was circulating among his Monroeville friends recently.
Mr. Horace R. Hood, editor of the Montgomery Evening Journal, spent a couple of days among his many Monroeville friends this week. He was accompanied by Masters Horace Jr. and Brame Hood.
Beginning with next August our mail facilities will be greatly improved. We shall have daily mails to Evergreen on the L&N and Suggsville on the M&B railroads, while the semi-weekly mail to Bell’s Landing will be made a tri-weekly, and a new route probably established connecting Mount Pleasant and intermediate offices with Monroeville, all the other routes remaining the same.
Monroe Chapter No. 4 will hold a regular convocation in Masonic Hall at Perdue Hill, Ala., April 8th, 1892, Friday night at eight o’clock. Companions are requested to be present, as there will be some important business. – Wm. J. McCants, Secretary.
BURNT CORN: Miss Bettie Kearley returned to her home at Buena Vista last Sunday, having closed a three-month school at Glendale. We regret to give her up, but hope she may visit us again.
Tekoa, Ala., March 5 – Machinery for two saw mills and one gin passed not long since. The engine for the Bear Creek Mill is quite large, weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
MARCH 17, 1892
Died – Monroe County suffers the loss of one of her best citizens in the death of Mr. Thomas B. Green, which occurred at his home near Burnt Corn on last Saturday morning after a brief illness.
Prof. Bassett organized a class in vocal music in Monroeville Tuesday night, consisting of 20 or more pupils, to which several additions have since been made. Prof. B’s methods of voice culture and imparting instruction are upon strictly scientific principles. The class, we understand, is making very good progress.
Mr. Samuel R. Thames, one of Perdue Hill’s enterprising young merchants, was in town Monday.
Dr. J.L. Sowell of Perdue Hill was in Monroeville Monday. Dr. Sowell is building up a fine practice in Perdue Hill and vicinity.
The Journal is delayed somewhat this week in order to publish the full returns of the primary election. The count was not completed until late Wednesday evening, and outlimited mechanical forces rendered it impossible to set up the table and get to press on time Thursday. However, here we are, slightly behind, but otherwise OK.
At Hillsboro, Texas, the headless body of a male child was found in Haley lake. It is regarded as a brutal murder, but no clue as to the murderer has developed.
MARCH 24, 1892
Col. S.J. Cumming of Birmingham was in Monroeville this week on professional business. The metropolitan life of the Magic City evidently agrees with the Colonel.
The frost and cold the past week did considerable damage to gardens and young vegetation. The fruit prospect as to peaches is blighted, the trees being in full bloom at the time of the freeze. Apples and pears, while having sustained great injury, will not be a total loss. Corn suffered very slight injury.
The primary election has come and gone and with it the excitement incident to it, and everything has settled down into its accustomed groove. The nominees are naturally jubilant, though not offensively so, while the unsuccessful candidates accept their defeat like men. It is doubtful if a campaign of equal warmth was ever passed through in the county and succeeded by so few murmurings of discontent.
We understand that a surveying corps has been engaged for several weeks past in making a resurvey of the route of the M.G.P.&P.S. railroad from Pensacola to a point a few miles west of Monroeville; that the corps has returned to Pensacola where grading of the road is shortly to be commenced. We will state by way of parenthesis that this information is not official, but given only as we heard it and may be taken for what it is worth.
For the past two weeks the Hotel Whitcomb at Evergreen has been crowded with northern people and quite a number are boarding at private houses, and the question of building another hotel larger than the Whitcomb is being discussed.
MARCH 31, 2017
Mr. Henry Green of Burnt Corn recently graduated with honors from the Mobile Medical College. Dr. Green is an intelligent young gentleman and will prove a credit to the profession.
OBITUARY – Thos. B. Green, a charter member of Burnt Corn Farmers’ Alliance, was born near Burnt Corn, Aug. 12, 1837, and died at his home, March 12, 1892. He was an esteemed citizen, a member of the Methodist church and a Mason. He leaves a large family, therefore, be it resolved by this Alliance,
First, we cherish the memory of our brother and give the sympathy due the bereaved ones.
Second, that a copy of this resolution be sent The Monroe Journal with the request to publish and that it be spread on our minutes.
Burrel Shirley, M.M. Graham, Committee, March 19, 1892
Tekoa, Ala., March 26 – Chief Seymour, McLaughlin and others from Pensacola have been encamped near this office for a week. They have been straightening the old survey and putting down grading posts for the M.G.P.&P.S. railroad. They left last Saturday for Pensacola to commence construction. They said when they arrived in our community again the sound of the engine would be heard in the land. We heard that they will not run the road through Monroeville, but will carry it either down the Double Branches or further west. We reluctantly accept this, as Monroeville is and will ever be a very dear place to us and we wish nothing that will prove detrimental to it as that would necessarily do.