Wednesday, August 9, 2017

100-year-old news highlights from The Wilcox Progressive Era

1917 Cadillac
What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the Aug. 9, 1917 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.

Lt. Emmett Kilpatrick, now of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., has been recommended for promotion as intelligence officer on the staff of the U.S. Army at Washington.

The regular term of the county commissioners court will be held at the courthouse next Monday morning. A considerable number of our county citizens are expected to attend.

The many friends of Captain John Y. Kilpatrick regret to learn that he recently fell and since then has been confined to his home. His son, 1st Lt. George C. Kilpatrick of the U.S. Army is now in Camden visiting him.

The Wilcox County Masonic Conference will convene with Dale Lodge beginning next Monday night, Grand Lodge Deputy Rennye of Selma will preside. Grand High Priest McCormick is also expected. The eight Masonic lodges located at Lower Peach Tree, Sunny South, Pine Hill, Furman, Oak Hill, Pine Apple, McWilliams and Camden will be represented by their worshipful masters and wardens and other visiting and county Masons. The members of Dale Lodge are preparing to give their county brethren a most fraternal welcome.

Death of Mr. Howell Hamilton: Mr. Howell Hamilton died at his home at Fatama, aged about 35 years. He was born and raised in Mims beat and was in early life happily married to Miss Majors. The interment was at Fatama, where many friends gathered to pay their last tribute of respect to his memory.

U.S. District Judge Hon. Robt. T. Ervin of Mobile and daughter, Miss Francis, and son, Robt. T. Ervin, are visiting Mrs. S.J. Ervin and family at Rockwest. It is a pleasure to his boyhood friends to learn that this distinguished jurist has been selected by the U.S. Supreme Court to preside in the New York federal courts in October and November next.

Mrs. Grier of China, a widowed sister-in-law of Rev. B.H. Grier, delivered an interesting missionary address on China at the A.R.P. Church last Tuesday afternoon.

Hon. J.M. McLeod of Coy says the crops around Coy are very good.

Mrs. W.J. Sessions, Mrs. E.Y. Johnson, Miss Reba Hart, Messrs. W.H. Sessions and Clayton Hart motored to Montgomery Thursday afternoon, where they visited the camps and saw a number of Wilcox County boys.

Deputy Sheriff McLean says that as a general thing in the county, corn is very good, early corn was injured by the drought, the cotton crop is very good considering the small amount of fertilizer that has been used.

Rev. Ransom delivered an interesting address on missionary work in India at the A.R.P. Church last Sunday night.

McWilliams: Joe Bonner was fiercely attacked and bitten on the foot Saturday morning by a vicious dog supposed to be mad. He was killed and his head was sent to Montgomery.

Pine Hill: Mr. Clay Sheffield and son went to Selma the first of the week and purchased a new Cadillac.

Lamison: A party of young people consisting of Misses Alma Moore, Lillian Fields and Lensor Moore, Messers. Callen, Sims and Boggs of Selma enjoyed motoring to Pine Hill, Thomasville, Peach Tree and other points.

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