January 3 and 24, 1879
Volume II, No. 40
Christmas Tragedies in Madison County
From the Jackson Tribune and Son Christmas morning, S. L. PIPKINS, a well known citizen
of Tom's Station, was shot and killed by a Negro named NATH FAINE.
Tuesday morning, THOMAS EDWARDS, who lives about three miles south of this city, on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, while carrying a heavy stick of wood from his wood pile to his
house, slipped on the snow an dice and fell, the heavy stick falling on his should
falling upon his head and a sharp broad splinter piercing his right temple, bled to
death before discovered by his family.
Tuesday evening on Lafayette Street, opposite Mayo's, young GUS COLE, who resided near
Andrews' Chapel, accidentally shot himself. The young man was carried to the Merchant's
Hotel where he is in a critical condition.
On Monday morning last about 9:00, JAMES HAYNES, son of Col. PRES. HAYNES of Henry
County, was shot and killed in front of JO. H. LANE'S farm house near old Cotton Grove
in this county, by his brother, THOMAS LANE…. Crimes and Casualties At Nicholsonville,
Kentucky, on the 21st, CHARLES CAMPBELL stabbed JAMES HAWKINS, causing death within
minutes… In a ten pin alley at Crockett, Teas on the 21st, W. A. HALL struck JAMES H.
WALL in the head with a ten-pin ball, causing death.
JOHN W. RICE, who shot and killed, accidentally claimed by Rice, his friend, GEORGE W.
ANGIER in Cleveland…
STEPHEN D. RICHARDS, who murdered MRS. HARRISON and her three children in Kearney, Nebraska last Nov. 2, later poisoned PETER ANDERSON, a neighbor, and fled the state, later surrendered to Nebraska authorities.
At Fort Smith, Arkansas on the 20th, JOHN POSTOAKS, a Creek Indian, and JAMES DIGGS, Negro, were hanged. Postoaks was charged with killing JOHN INGLEY in October 1877 and Diggs charged with killing J. C. GOULD in August 1873.
BUCK JENKINS, an alleged horse thief was taken from the custody of an officer 10 miles
west of Corning, Arkansas on the night of the 23rd, by a gang of masked men who hanged
him. Jenkins formerly lived in Jefferson County, Illinois where he was arrested by the
local officers… At Menardville, Texas, GREEN JOHNSON, colored, was hanged for killing his wife in 1878.
ABE ROTHCHILD, on trial at Marshall, Texas for the murder of his mistress Diamond
Bessie, has been convicted of murder.
At Boston Christmas Eve, EZRA WILSON killed his wife and then himself.
The wife, son and daughter of JOHN O'BRIEN who lived near Dublin, Ontario, were burned
to death in their house Christmas Eve. O'Brien and other family members escaped from the
flames, then nearly froze while going to the nearest neighbor for shelter.
JAMES C. COURTS, attorney at law, office in new brick building, northwest corner of
SCOTT BENNETT will pay the highest price for mink and coon skins.
R. N. PAYNE keeps a full line of Dr. C. P. Duncan's Family Medicines also drugs,
chemicals, goods and notions.
DR. J. Y CRAWFORD will be in Huntingdon the first Monday in every month for the purpose of practicing his profession, dentistry.
Personal and Local Gossip
CHARLIE COONEY, a handsome young man from Nashville, was here during the holidays.
J. W. BREWER as candidate for county superintendent.
MISS EUGENIA CUMMINS, a charming young miss from Nashville, is visiting relatives here.
Three boxes of toy pistol caps exploded in CHARLIE CHRISTENBERRY'S pocket recently,
burning him a little.
DR. W. P. MCGILL has gone to Camden to practice his profession.
Some one put a good sized head on MORRIS LATTIMORE in a row one night lat week.
W. F. JONES has given up his position with MCNEILL and went to work for CARTER & PRIEST.
SCHMITT, the musician, was last heard of at Decaturville where he was â€śmashingâ€ť the town.
MISS MOLLIE TREVETHAN of Macedonia was the guest of MAJOR BECKERDITE for the holidays.
A horse belonging to DR. JOHN BELL fell through the ice on a pond Sunday.
FRANK ROGERS, the trustee, has moved his family to town. SHERIFF LEACH also lives near town.
The young folks heartily enjoyed a dance at the residence of J. P. PRIESTLY at
MISS BASFORD, MISS FINLEY, and the MISSES EDWARDS were in town during the holidays.
JUDGE JO. HAWKINS made a flying trip to Missouri. He is in love with that country.
COL. PAYNE is suffering considerably from inflammatory rheumatism.
JOHN WILLIAMS, an elegant young man from Dyersburg, was here.
MISS ADDIE CHAMBERS, a lovely lady from Buena Vista, was here.
MISS MATIE CHAMBERS and the MISSES GARDNER were guests of MRS. NANNIE BROWN during the holidays.
A.S. WARREN changed houses. He is now with CONNELL, BUFORD & Co.
BUD WARREN and FRANK GIBSON engaged in a little fracas Christmas Day. Bud came out the winner.
We understand JUDGE AYRES' health has improved so he can hold court here next week.
MISSES FANNIE FUQUA and ADDIE COVINGTON, two lovely young ladies of Trezevant, were the guests of B. H. CARTER during the holidays.
Mr. GUTHRIE moved Monday from the house he has occupied for the past year to the JOHN
MCNEILL house on Nashville street.
GEORGE BARKER moved his barber shop to the room back of JOHN R. SIMPSON'S saloon. George is a first class tonsorial artist.
Christmas brought joy to the hearts of at least one family in Carroll County—the DRURYS.
A son who has just been acquitted of murder in Memphis and his father who had just been
pardoned from the penitentiary reached home about that time. The history of the crimes
is well known in this section. Three years ago, they were both sent up for passing
counterfeit money… their arrest was brought about by a brother-in-law of Drury—ALBERT
GIBSON… Young Drury served his two years, returned to Memphis, .. met his uncle ALBERT GIBSON, shot and killed him, made his escape to Paducah, arrested, brought back, after two mistrials, was released. … executive pardon for the father who had served two years of his four year sentence..
House Burned by a Tramp
Monday night of Christmas week, a dwelling house on the farm of J. W WILDER, about three
miles from town, was burned together with a lot of hay, by a tramp who had crawled there
to spend the night. JOHN REED, the miller, saw the light of the burning building,…
arrested the tramp…
J. R. CRAWLEY, M.E PATTERSON
J. C. HURT, BELLE HAMLETT
J. R. NEWBILL, C. C. PESSMAN
J. T BROWN, NANCY E. ARNETT
A. J. ADEN, MARY B. PEARCE
W. H. TOPPLING, MNVERA MCCASLIN
S. C. HERRON, MATTIE PATTON
A. J. BUNN, MARY J. SMITH
ISAAC CRAIG, ELLEN PORTER
SAM WOODS, NANCY BRIANT
CANADA ADAMS, EFFLER ADAMS
SCOTT CLAY, LIZZIE SLOAN
GEORGE GOODMAN, ELLA THOMAS
EDWART UTLEY, MOLLIE SIMMONS
PETER ADAMS, ANN ROACH
GEORGE BARHAM, SUSAN TERRY
HANDY PATE, PARALEE THOMAS
Although we have heard a hundred or so persons remark that this is the dullest Christmas
ever saw, we have had a pretty good time at Huntingdon. The editor went, by request, to
three Christmas dinners, and at each place, a turkey. At night, there was a dance to the
residence of JAMES PRIESTLEY where the gallant and beautiful congregated under the
inspiring notes of PROFESSION HULON GRIZZARD'S violin. On Thursday night, a sociable was given MISS FUQUA and MISS COVINGTON by MISS FLORENCE CARTER which was well attended. Friday night was the social event of the week the ball at the JOHNSON House… 30 couples present.
Mayor Brewer had before him STEPHEN NORMAN, colored, and his wife JENNIE, charged with fighting…
An Old Paper
We were shown the other day by O. R. RUST, a copy of paper called the Star and North
Carolina State Gazette published at Raleigh, North Carolina, March 13, 1828. The ancient
sheet was found by Mr. Rust among some papers at the courthouse. It is a six column
paper without headrules… among the advertisements we notice some land sales from JAMES GEE, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Carroll County…
An Odious Requirement
Deputy United States Marshal JOSEPH A. JOHNSON somewhat surprised the cigar and tobacco
dealers in Huntingdon last Monday by calling for their empty cigar boxes, smashing each
one. When asked his object in doing so, …
United Order of the Golden Cros
Officers elected: W. W. OWNBY, noble commander; GEORGE H. PRINCE, P.N.C.; MRS. MARY E. MCNEILL, V.N.C.; A. D. BRIANT, worthy herald; ALFRED BRIANT, prelate; B. F HARRISON, keeper of records; A. C. MCNEILL, F.K. R.; MILTON PRIEST, treasurer; MOLLIE GRIZZARD, warden for inside gate; W. A BARKSDALE, warder for outside.
Editorial Brevities B. A. ENLOE, the brilliant editor of the Jackson Tribune and Sun,
was in town Thursday.
JAMES MCGEE, a fine young man from Waverly, is engaged as typo on this paper.
A lady in this county gave birth to six sons in nine years, five were born on Sunday.
HENRY CHAMBERS shot twice at a man who was trying to burglarize MAJOR BECKERDITE'S home Sunday.
MRS. HALL, wife of PARSON RILEY HALL, a most estimable lady, died last week.
WILLIAM SMITH, one of Clarksburg's enterprising young merchants, died last week.
It was rumored that a young man, ANDREW DILL living in the 7th district accidentally
Our young friend JAMES CARROLL of McKenzie called here Monday.
Jan. 3… Shot His Cousin --Article about… some men under the influence of liquor… about 1
Â˝ miles from town, one named EVERETT fell in a creek and they stopped at the home of
JAMES HARRIS to warm. They found the door locked, and Jim Harris refused to open it.
They broke it down. BEN WARBRITTON stepped in and found himself confronted by a double barreled shotgun in the hands of the owner. He lost no time in telling his name, the gun was turned to miss him, but the charge took effect in the leg of RUFF HARRIS, badly
shattering the bone.
Our McLemoresville Letter MRS. HAMBLETT, quite an accomplished young widow of
Mississippi, has been visiting relatives. All of old Carroll's handsome widowers formed
her acquaintance, which kept our community in utter amazement who would win. On the
morning of the 25th, she started for home via Trezevant, where all the widowers
congregated to enjoy Christmas, so they said, .. Professor ALLEN had just pronounced
Mrs. H. and our genial friend JOHN HURT / HART Sr. man and wife. The happy couple then took the southbound train and left as a lot of as badly swanked candidates behind as you
MISS MAGGIE WITT, one of McKenzie's most accomplished daughters, has been teaching
school here for some months past and will begin a literary school here the first Monday
in January. Miss W. is a ripe scholar of rare attainments… Our Christmasville Letter …
departure of one of our most charming young ladies, MISS JULIA GLOVER. She goes to
Kentucky her future home. Miss Julia was well liked and leaves many admirers. JOHNNIE
MCDONALD, formerly clerk for SCATES & Co. of McKenzie, returned to his home at
Christmasville. His girl lives there, probably the cause of this change.
J. D. TODD is teaching school at Blooming Grove Church. He has a fine school to continue
Our Buena Vista Letter
Health in the village is very good, though in the neighborhood of the Black Jack School,
there have been several cases of pneumonia and some deaths, especially among the
colored. Buena Vista consists of three dry goods stores, three saloons, and two
blacksmith shops all doing a good business, especially the saloons.
The school taught by PROF. JOHN KNIGHT is thriving.
A sociable was given at the residence of M.L. CHAMBERS on the night of the 13th.
WILLIAM JOHNSON vs EMMA BRITT… DEMPSEY BRITT, one of the defendants, not a resident of
LEVI & BASSENOLM vs J. N. SPARKS… land bounded by lands of W. A. CRAWFORD, J. N. L. ANDERSON, JOHN HILLIARD, heirs of B. N. SPARKS
JO. R. HAWKINS & H. C. TOWNES vs FRANK BREVARD et al.
Land Sale W. H. EASON vs W. F. ROGERS
An infant son of REAM YOUNG'S named WALTER died a few days ago.
A telegram received by MR. HALL at Buena Vista a few ago stated that his brother ALBERT
HALL was dying in Colorado and he wanted to be buried in Tennessee. His remains will be
R. L. JOHNSON is confined with rheumatism.
MRS. SUSAN FLACK, formerly of this place, now Milan, has taken charge of the Miller
House at Martin. She will keep a good hotel.
MISS ANNA WATSON, who has been here visiting relatives, returned home in Gibson County.
Sentenced to Death
CHARLES MCNAIR was sentenced to be hanged March 7, 1879.
JAMES WILSON, residing four miles west of this place, was 100 years old last Saturday.
He was born in North Carolina, but has lived in this country a number of years. He is
still hale and hearty, his only defect being a little deaf. Mr. Wilson has used tobacco
all his life…