Sunday, April 16, 2017

125-year-old news highlights from The Monroe Journal from April 1892

Grave of Thomas Bigby Green
The Monroe Journal newspaper in Monroeville, Ala., under the direction of editor Q. Salter, published four editions 125 years ago during the month of April 1892. Those issues, which were dated April 7, April 14, April 21 and April 28, can be found on microfilm at the Monroe County Library in Monroeville, Ala. What follows are a few news highlights from those editions. Enjoy.

APRIL 7, 1892

Prof. Claude Hardy had a narrow escape from finding a watery grave in Flat Creek near Buena Vista, during the recent overflow. A number of young men went down to view the big water, and it being a pleasant day, concluded to try the virtue of a bath. Mr. Hardy attempted to wade and suddenly found himself beyond his depth in a whirlpool. His companions seeing his danger went to his assistance and rescued him as he sank the third time. When dry ground was reached Mr. Hardy was in an unconscious condition.

A Masonic Conference or Association of the several Masonic Lodges in Monroe County will be held in Monroeville on Mon., April 18. Mr. A.M. Scott, District Grand Lecturer, is expected to be present.

ARRESTED FOR ARSON: Cora Andrews, colored, was arrested and brought to Monroeville Monday, charged with burning the residence of Mr. W.H. Betts at Burnt Corn three years ago. Preliminary examination was had before the Judge of Probate court Tuesday and the accused committed without bail. The case was worked up by John Clark, a detective of the Cheatham Bureau.

The late high water mark caused a break in the dam of Messrs. Hatter & Son’s mill, which will necessitate the suspension of their business for a few weeks, while repairs are being made.

Circuit Court will convene at Monroeville on Mon., April 25. The civil docket is pretty full, but the criminal docket is light.

APRIL 14, 1892

Next Monday will be drill day for Monroe County Corps.

Maj. J.G. Harris, State Superintendent of Education, is expected to be in Monroeville on the occasion of the Teachers Institute to be held here on the 28th and 29th of April.

Hon. J.W. Leslie has been indisposed for several days, not seriously however.

Mr. Hugh W. Jones, lately with the Montgomery Evening Journal, but more recently of the Daily Siftings of the same city, is on a visit home.

Mr. B.S. McMillan has accepted a position as salesman with the firm of Patterson & Co., Brewton.

There will be a Sabbath School entertainment at the Baptist church on Sunday evening, the 17th inst., beginning at 7:30. All are cordially invited to attend.

Let every Democrat turn out to the Beat meetings on Saturday, 23rd inst., at two o’clock sharp, and look to the interests of the Democratic party. Men are a secondary consideration to the principals involved in the fight before us. Those principles are Democracy vs. Third Partyism or Ocalaism, which is its equivalent.

TEKOA, Ala. – April 9: We have heard such flattering reports of the railroad party lately that we would be listening for the snort of the Iron Horse could we put much faith in what we hear.

APRIL 21, 1892

Easter was celebrated at the Baptist church by the pupils of the Sunday School with charming exercises. The readings and recitations were very interesting and the music excellent. Mrs. Carrie Wiggins presided at the organ.

The Monroe County Masonic Association was organized at Monroeville last Monday by Prof. A.M. Scott, member of the Committee on Work of the Grand Lodge of Alabama. Five subordinate lodges represented. Rev. B.J. Skinner was elected Vice President and F.M. Jones, Secretary. Proceedings will be published next week.

The ladies of the Presbyterian church will open a Bazaar on Wednesday morning, 27th inst., at the vacant store west of post office, and give an ice cream supper in the evening. Refreshments will be served during the day. A generous patronage is solicited.

The first picnic of the season took place at the Henderson bridge, on Limestone, Tuesday last. Quite a number of Monroeville’s young people were in attendance, and contributed richly-laden baskets, the contents of which were very much enjoyed by all present, and the day was passed most pleasantly.

TRIBUTE OF RESPECT: Hall of Burnt Corn Lodge 489, Burnt Corn, Alabama: Your committee to whom was referred the death of Bro. Thomas B. Green respectfully report that in the death of Bro. Green, which occurred on the 12th day of March last, therefore be it Resolved that in the death of our brother, Burnt Corn Lodge No. 489, has lost an esteemed and worthy brother, the community a good and true citizen and his church a useful citizen…

APRIL 28, 1892

Prof. A.M. Scott of Dale County spent last week lecturing the members of Monroeville Lodge. He left the lodge in fine working order.

Died – Mr. David Salter, one of the oldest and highly esteemed citizens, died at his home near town last Friday and was buried at the Methodist cemetery on Saturday with Masonic honors.

Circuit Court convened Monday at 12 o’clock, Hon. W.E. Clarke presiding and Solicitor George W. Taylor in attendance.
The attendance during the week has been quite large. In addition to the county bar, we note Col. J.W. Posey of Brewton and Col. R.N. Miller of Camden, among the visiting attorneys.

STRAWBERRY SUPPER: The ladies of River Ridge and vicinity will have a strawberry supper on the 5th of May, and other refreshments will be served to raise a fund to build a Presbyterian Church. Everybody is invited to come and contribute. The Masonic Hall will be opened up and a good social time can be had for a nickel entrance. Music will be had for the entertainment of those present.

Hon. John Purifoy of Wilcox, candidate for State Auditor, was in Monroeville this week. Mr. Purifoy is a most genial and pleasant gentleman, thoroughly qualified for the position he seeks, and made many friends among our people.

Hon. James T. Jones of Demopolis, candidate for Circuit Judge, is circulating among his many Monroe friends this week. Capt. Jones has no opposition.

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