|John Taylor Dale of Oak Hill with small child.|
What follows are 100-year-old news excerpts from the May 2, 1918 edition of The Wilcox Progressive Era newspaper in Camden, Ala.
John H. Wallace Delivers Memorial Address: Memorial exercises were held at the Grammar School Auditorium on Friday afternoon last. Hon. John Wallace of Montgomery delivered the address of the evening. He was introduced by Hon. N.D. Godbold. His address was filled with patriotic sentiment and eulogy for the heroic spirit of the departed veterans. He measured up to his reputation as a gifted speaker and he effectively directed his art towards arousing a deeper interest in the present struggle. Two choruses were rendered by the high school girls, which were well received. Benediction was pronounced by Rev. H.T. Strout, after which the graves of the Confederate dead were decorated.
Mr. Peyton Burford of Camp Wheeler was home the past week to assist in putting Wilcox over the top in the Third Liberty Lone.
Hon. John T. Dale of Oak Hill was a prominent visitor to Camden on Monday.
The annual picnic of the Pine Barren Baptist Association was held on Wednesday last at the farm of Mr. R.E. Lambert. Hon. Frank S. White of Birmingham delivered an address which was appreciated by the picnickers. Mr. Lambert’s well known hospitality was again evident and all enjoyed the sumptuous repast.
Mrs. Sarah Dannelly: It was with great sorrow that many relatives and friends in Camden learned of the sudden death of this esteemed woman, the wife of our former townsman, Rev. E.A. Dannelly, which sad event occurred in Montgomery in the early hours of the morning of Sat., April 27. Accompanied by the immediate family and friends, the remains were brought to Camden on Saturday evening and were interred in the cemetery here Sunday afternoon, the funeral services being conducted by Revs. S.W. Williams, E.C. Moore and H.T. Strout.
Mrs. Dannelly was one of the elect spirits of earth, whose daily life reflected the glory of the indwelling Christ.
The many friends of Miss Lois Grier, eldest daughter of the Rev. B.H. Grier, will be pleased to know that she has been awarded a fellowship in mathematics at Agnes Scott College. The fellowship is worth $500. The money must be spent in further work in the institution. Miss Lois will graduate this month and will spend the next year assisting in mathematics and studying music.
IN MEMORIAM: Mrs. Sallie F. Cook, known by her intimates as Mrs. Mittie Cook, one of the most highly esteemed women of this community, died at her home near Camden, April 18, 1918, and was interred on the 19th, inst., at the Cook private cemetery.
Mrs. Cook was the daughter of Abraham and Sallie F. Crum, and was born at Allenton, Wilcox County, Ala, on the 4th day of July 1853. She was married to Mr. Daniel Cook Sr. on the 25th day of June 1878. Seven children were born to them. Four of these died young and three, Floyd F., Abe C. and Miss Dannie are still living near the parental roof and were at her bedside during her last hours. Had Mrs. Cook lived a few months longer she would have been 65 years old.
Her pallbearers were her nephews, W.P. Burford, R.B. Crum, and her grand-nephews, Burford and Fleetwood Hollinger, Will P. Harris, G. McCowan and Frank Cook.