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Polk County News 1905
Submitted by: Nancie O'Sullivan

May 11, 1905
MELVIN HILL NOTES
WALTER WESTBROOK is very ill with typhoid fever.
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MR. and MRS. WILLIE PRINCE are sick this week.
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JAMES GILBERT has been on the sick list for the past week, but is improving now.
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MRS. EDITH HANCOX, from Gaffney, has been visiting her sisters of this place for the past week.
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REV. G.A. BRANSCOM has purchased 140 acres of land from MRS. L. BLACKWOOD which he has had fenced for the purpose of going into the cattle business.
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On Friday morning at eight o'clock uncle GARNER EDWARDS ended his life by throwing himself into his well. Uncle GARNER had been in bad health a long time and had become insane. He told his wife just before he committed the rash act that if she or WEB THORN did not kill him that he was going to kill himself. He tried to borrow Thorn's knife saying he wanted to cut a stick. When Thorn refused him the knife, he went to the woods, being watched by Thorn but soon returned. Thorn went to the grindstone which was standing near the well to grind a bolt and had not been there but a few seconds when he heard the well box make a noise and looking around he saw uncle Garner going into the well. Thorn could not get to him and he fell 65 feet to the bottom. He was buried at Green's Creek church Saturday at 3 PM. A large gathering of friends and relatives were present.
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NEWS FROM MILL SPRINGS
We are glad to report that MRS. GRAYSON WALDROP is recovering from a protracted illness.
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We hear that the Mill Spring boarding houses are furnished with pianos and an organ.
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MR. and MRS. J.G. EDWARDS also MR. and MRS. W.P. EDWARDS and families visited their parent, MRS. E.L. HAGUE, last Saturday and Sunday.
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MR. and MRS. J.N. MITCHELL visited his sisters, MRS. E.L. HAGUE and MISS DELIA MITCHELL recently. MR. and MRS. GIBSON were also over and Christened THELMA LOUISE, infant daughter of MR. and MRS. W.C. HAGUE.
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MISS CLARKE of New Prospect, is visiting J.D. CARPENTER and MISSES SALLIE CARPENTER and JESSIE SITTON this week.
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MRS. HESTER HORTON'S mule died last Sunday. She has our sympathy in her loss and we hope the neighbors will render their services in finishing her crop.
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MRS. H.D. SHANKLE made a trip to Asheville one day last week.
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W.C. HAGUE caught five o'possums one morning last week between ten and eleven o'clock.
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MRS. J.T. WALDROP visited her daughter, MRS. T. GREEN recently.
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June 1, 1905
VISIT TO POLK COUNTY
Messrs. Hill and Glenn Take Pleasure Trip to Neighboring County
The writer had the pleasure of making a visit to Polk County recently and was accompanied by MR. J.W. HILL and family of Rutherfordton. The visit was greatly enjoyed by the participants.
The first call was on MR. SMITH , of Sandy Springs, where we were greeted with courtesy. MR. SMITH is a man full of energy and perserverence and has accumulated a lot of real estate. He raises his hog and hominy and does not depend on Northern markets. We, as visitors, wish him a grand success in the future.
Our next call was at MR. C.C. OWENS, where we were met by both MR. and MRS. OWENS with a sympathetic grasp of the hand and a smile of welcome upon their faces. MR. OWENS is another man that raises his hog and hominy. He is a native of Rutherford county and is held with high esteem by all who know him. He has secured him a beautiful home about one mile from Poors' Ford and judging from all appearances he is living a happy prosperous life.
We then drove to MR. H.C. CALVERT'S of Poor's Ford and upon our arrival was met by two beautiful , little girls. We are constrained to believe that those two little girls are an idol to their parents, owing to their gentle manners and ingeniousness in their household affairs. Soon MRS. CALVERT came out and greeted us with a hearty welcome. She escorted the ladies into the house and before we got our mules out MR. CALVERT came up and received us with a hearty welcome. MR. CALVERT is a good man . He lives on the borders of Broad and Green River.
The next call was at MR. P.HENDERSON'S. We found him as usual enjoying life. He is a man of good moral character and is liked by all his acquaintances and from the looks of his surroundings prosperity is shinning in everyday. He is adding improvements to his residence, which adds greatly to its appearance.
Our next call was at MR. J.I. RIDINGS. We were met with greetings of welcome by handshaking and great joy. MR. RIDINGS is well known in Polk and Rutherford counties and is highly esteemed throughout both counties. He has some valuable real estate between Broad and Green River, where he is raising corn in abundance and a splendid cotton farm where he lives. He has two beautiful young girls and the boys are casting their eyes in that direction.
The people of Polk county are doing well and are growing rapidly in wealth.
We had the pleasure of attending the Sunday School at Green River, which was largely attended.
-J.W. GLENN with Rutherfordton Sun.
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COLUMBUS NEWS - June 8
N.B. HAMPTON killed a rattle snake Tuesday on the Mill Spring road a few miles from Columbus that measured three feet and had seven rattles and a button. MR. HAMPTON gave the reptile to a young lady who had the skin removed and said she would have a belt made of it.
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ROBERT McFARLAND received the contract to carry daily mail from Columbus to STEARNS, { Log Cabin Inn] he being the lowest bidder. Contract goes into effect June 12th, 1905. MR. McFARLAND'S bid was $156.50 per year.
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B.F. LAWTER and his wife left for Shaniko, Oregon, Wednesday morning, where they expect to make their future home.
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Jan. 5, 1905
COLUMBUS NEWS
MISSES MINNIE and SALLIE ARLEDGE and JOHN ARLEDGE , spent the holidays at Forest City with their sister, MRS. W.C. BOSTIC. The went Dec. 23rd and returned Sunday Jan. 1st.
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MR. and MRS. L.H. CLOUD visited the latter's mother at Cooper Gap a few days last week.
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On Christmas Day at the residence of M.N. HALL, his daughter, MISS EVA, was married to EDGAR EDWARDS. T.C. CROKER, of Columbus administered the ceremony.
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C.E. PAGE, the popular mail carrier between Columbus and Tryon was about the happiest man in Polk county Christmas. Many people remembered him and gave him gifts as tokens of their appreciation of his kindness of carrying packages and doing the little errands for them during the last year. MR. PAGE is famous for his grin .
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T.E. WALKER went to Spartanburg Tuesday.
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CLAUD BALLENGER and TODD RUSSEL of Tryon, went on a hunting trip with J.W. NEWMAN Christmas week.
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ROBERT CORNWELL, son of M.A. CORNWELL of Melvin Hill, is home for the holidays from LaFollett, Tenn. He surprised his friends by bringing a better half with him. MRS. ROBERT CORNWELL, so we are informed was a MISS MYRES, of LaFollett, Tenn.
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TRYON NOTES- Jan. 20
R.B. ENGLE made a business trip to Asheville, Thursday.
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O.SPEIR, of the Southern Bell Telephone Co., visited his mother and sister here the past week.
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MRS. GODSHAW and daughter, MISS ADDIE, are visiting in Kentucky.
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W.J. GAINES has bought MARSHAL WILSON'S residence on the Lynn road.
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MR. and MRS. J.B. HESTER have gone to Washington, D.C., for a few days.
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F.M. BURGESS and family of Columbus , visited relatives in Tryon, Sunday.
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Contractor GAINES is erecting a handsome residence for MISS M. GILBERT, near MR. FREEMAN'S property. Let the good work go on.
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COLUMBUS - Feb. 2
MR. RIDDLE of Greenville, S.C. , a brother of MRS. R.T.F. FOWLER is visiting the latter at this penciling.
MRS. R.T.F. FOWLER is very low at this time. Her many friends are anxious about her recovery.
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WILLIE, the little son of MR. T.C. WESTALL who has been quite sick, is now convalescent.
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NANCY, the little child of MRS. DARBEYS, is now better and on the road to recovery. It has been very sick indeed.
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MR. and MRS. JONES' little girl is recovering from an attack of pneumonia.
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MISS EMMA COVIL and ROBERT PARHAM were the contracting parties who were made husband and wife last Sunday , so we learn.
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T.C. POPPIE has moved into the ERSKIN cottage on the Lynn and Valhalla road.
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The terrific wind storm last Wednesday night blew down MR. WESTALL'S barn and several other small houses and buggy sheds.
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T.V. SMITH and family and ED FOSTER and family will depart from here soon. They are going to Spartanburg and vicinity. While we dislike for them to go, we hope they may do well in their new homes.
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O.F. MOUNTJOY, who has been visiting his sisters here, left for his home in Atlanta, Ill., Monday.
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About two inches of snow fell here Sunday night.
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E.C. TOWNSEND, who formerly lived here, but who is now residing in Olympia, Washington., renewed his subscription to the NEWS.He is holding a government position on Olympia. MR. and MRS. TOWNSEND and little FLORENCE will always be pleasantly remembered here .
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MR. and MRS. J.G. HUGHES, have been suffering from severe colds but seem to be improving.
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CHARLES MILLER returned Tuesday from his visit home accompanied by ROBERT DAVIS of Pleasant Hill.
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1905- Feb. 9
NEWS FROM TURNERS
Snow and hail are no rarity with us just now, but we hope they will be soon.
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We are sorry to report the death of MRS. DIANA BIDDY, an elderly lady who lived near Cooper Gap. She died at the home of one of her daughters where she has been visiting and was buried at Cooper Gap church on Friday last. She was a faithful member of that church and will be greatly missed from church and community.
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MR. J.D. LEDBETTER and family of Marion, N.C., are visiting relatives near Turners.
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MISS BERTHA RUPPE, who has been attending school at the Central Industrial Institute, is at home for a few days, but expects to return soon. She reports lively times at Columbus.
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DON'T SWEAR
The wrectched habit of profanity comes largely from the profuse use of by-words. The transition from a by-word which may be perfectly harmless to imprecation and profanity, is not a very large transition. It is " My stars, " and " Mercy on me " and " Good gracious " and " By George " and " By Jove " and you go on with that a little while and then you swear. The habit is creeping up into the highest styles of society. Women have no patience with flat and unvarnished profanity. They will order a man out of the parlor indulging in blasphemy ! :)
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NEWSY LETTER FROM LYNN- Feb. 16
Married on last Thursday evening at the residence of the bridegroom's father MR. L.F. THOMPSON, MISS LIZZIE MARASHALL, the daughter of REV. J.A. MARSHALL, of this place to F.A. THOMPSON, Esq., the bride's father officiating.
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J.A. McCALL has been quite indisposed for the past week with LaGrippe.
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J.L. SCOGGINS and family who have located in Lynn are now domiciled in LEONARD JOHNSON'S cottage.
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Our new rural library is not complete yet but balance of books will be in soon.
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MISS CLARA SHILLETO'S mother returned to her home in Pa., last week after an extended visit in Lynn. A sick sister prompted her going at this time.
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SNOW, SLEET, RAIN, SNOW, HAIL, WIND, MUD, - then more snow.
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More telephones are wanted in Lynn. We hope the company can arrange to install a few more in our town soon.
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MRS. R.T. FOWLER died at her home last Tuesday, the 7th after a long protracted attack of lung trouble. A husband , three sons and four daughters survive her. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church, a faithful wife, a loving mother, a kind and respected neighbor. Her remains were interred in the Tryon cemetery.
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THOS FOWLER of Johnson City, Tenn., came home in response to a telegram notifying him of the serious illness of his mother, MRS. R.T. FOWLER.
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MISS MINNIE ARLEDGE went home last Tuesday in response to a notice of her mother being sick.
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O.J. HAWKINS of Cambridge, Ohio, is visiting his daughter, MISS MAMIE HAWKINS , who has been here a few months for her health.
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COLUMBUS NEWS
B.F. HAMPTON has the Texas fever and we learn that he expects to leave for that state about the first of March. He expects to be employed by his brothers, who are engaged in the lumber business.
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MISS GEVA FRY entertained a number of her young friends at her home Wednesday night. A good time was reported.
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HERMAN and ADA WALKER, son and daughter of T.E. WALKER have been ill this week.
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A SHORT LETTER FROM COLLINSVILLE- Feb.23
The public school house at Sandy Plains was destroyed by fire Tuesday. Everything was lost except the benches and stove. The fire was caused by a defective flue- not the insurance this time.
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WM. RANDOLPH, our rural mail carrier, says he suffered more from cold last Wednesday than he has any day this year. We guess he did. The writer was out in the cold eleven hours that day and can certify to the truth of MR. RANDOLPH'S statement.
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How it is snowing ! Rabbits may look out tomorrow.
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Cutting wood and making fires is the order of the day in this neck of the woods.
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JOHN BISHOP of Boiling Springs, S.C., has moved to the PUTNAM place. He bought this farm some time ago from J.N. CUDD, of Spartanburg. We extend to him our best wishes for sucess.
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MARK MILLER continues to carry the mail between Melvin Hill and Columbus, inspite of the bad weather and roads. Mail carriers do not get near the credit or salary they deserve for their faithful labors.
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'Jugde' R.S. ABRAMS of Sandy Plains is seriously ill and seems to be failing daily.
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TRYON NOTES- March 2
R.F. BELUE, owner of the Post office building destroyed by fire last December, contemplates rebuilding soon, erecting a fine brick structure.
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CARL W. SMITH, the Southern's new station agent, deserves the thanks of the public for removing that unsightly old furnace drum from the platforms of the freight house, that has been a public eyesore for years.
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J.B. LIVINGSTON and Co., have moved their Livery Stable to new quarters on Trade street, opposite Tryon Supply Co.
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The usual Spring horse swapping fever is here. Hon. T.T. BALLENGER, CLAUD BALLENGER, W.J. GAINES and W.E. MILLS have it.
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DEATH OF R.S. ABRAMS
ROBERT STEELE ABRAMS, well known as " Uncle Bob", died at his home at Sandy Plains on Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 1905. He was in his eighty-first year, born Oct. 24, 1824.
He was a man of temperate habits and modest pretensions, unassuming in his deportment, diligent and prompt in the proformance of duty. A man of few words but grave and sincere, thoughtful of others as well as for himself.
He was honored by the people of his county for thirty odd years, in unbroken succession he served as Clerk of the Superior Court.
MR. ABRAMS was never married but took upon himself the duties of cares of domestic life, keeping house and caring for a sister who was dependant upon him after the death of their parents. For 44 years they had lived together at the old homestead and each of them a great help and comfort to the other. Therefore, many were held sympathy for " Aunt Ann", as she was usually called. She was a faithful sister to him.
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March 16, 1905
W.M. WALKER ORDAINED
PROF. W.M. WALKER, who has been teaching at Central Industrial Inst. this year, was ordained a minister of the Baptist church Sunday. The ordination took place at Pacolet church and the services were conducted by REVS. WHITESIDES, WALKER and JONES. Three deacons were also ordained. Quite a number from Columbus attended the services.
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J.D. FREEMAN, died at his residence Saturday evening March 4th from heart failure resulting from severe attack of the grippe. He had recently been elected 1st Vice President of the Bank Of Tryon and will be greatly missed in this community. All sympathize with the bereaved family.
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W.J. GAINES has sold his Block-House farm to a newcomer who expects to greatly improve it.
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MR. SIMPSON, an oculist of Charlotte, spent Sunday at F.L. WEAVER'S . It's reported that he was up here looking for a place in which to locate.
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Thursday, March 30, 1905
INTERESTING NEWS FROM MILL SPRING
ELBERT WILSON, met with a painful accident last Friday. He was kicked by a horse, breaking his arm. We extend our sympathy.
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Happiness and success to REV. W.M. WHITESIDE and wife, who have resigned here and accepted work in Spartanburg.
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MISS MARY QUINN of Rutherfordton, is now teaching in the home of MILO FOSTER, of Green River.
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RICHARD TURNER'S saw mill was destroyed by fire Sunday March 12th.
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MRS. GRAYSON WALDROP is quite sick at this writing.
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In a short while Mite Inn, Summit and Mountain View Hotels, will be opened to summer boarders.
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" Aunt PATY" PRICHARD is not expected to live.
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We regret to chronicle the death of BENJAMIN WILSON, a well known and highly esteemed citizen of Polk County. He was summoned March the 23rd. The interment took place at Big Level. Sympathy is given the bereaved loved ones.
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We have passed through a severe winter and now ready to devote our time and attention to the duties and occupations of the merry spring time.
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DEPUTY SHERIFF HILTON KILLED
March 30- Deputy Sheriff L.C. HILTON was shot and instantly killed by FRAIL DURHAM Sunday afternoon while the latter was under arrest.
HILTON had served a capias on Durham charging him with carrying concealed weapons, Durham and Hilton went into Engel and Stearns Feed Store in Tryon where Durham was to get Engel to go his bond. While Hilton was writting the bond Durham walked out the side door. As soon as Hilton noticed that his man had gone he followed, going out the back door and saw Durham about a dozen yards away with his pistol in his hand. Witnesses say that both Hilton and Durham fired about the same time. Hilton's shot went wide of his mark but Durham's took effect killing Hilton instantly. Durham escaped.
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COLLINSVILLE NEWS
DAVE MELVIN was tried before Magistrate S.B. WEAVER for stealing a leather belt off H.C. MORGAN'S planting machine and on his failure to give $200. bond was sent to jail. The belt MELVIN was charged with stealing was worth about three or four dollars.
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R.A. LEONARD will be at the school house next Thursday night with his Zon-o-phone talking machine. A good entertainment is expected.
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REV. MR. GIBSON preached at the school house last Saturday at 3 o'clock. The service was enjoyed by those present.
{ and today, they can't even have a prayer in a school }
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April 13- Collinsville
A son was born to MR. and MRS. S.B. WEAVER April 8th.
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MOSES SHIELDS has bought the CAL BLACKWELL farm which is situated between his home place and W.M. BARNETT'S farm.
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JESSE BARNETT has put up a blacksmith shop at W.M. BARNETT'S place. This is much needed in this neighborhood and we hope he will be able to keep it open.
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JOHN D. WEAVER met with a painful accident last Thursday. He was cutting corn stalks with a butcher knife, the knife slipped out of his hand and stuck in his left knee making a severe wound.
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A NEWSY LETTER FROM LYNN
April 13- T.V. SMITH is quite unwell since his return from Woodruff. We hope his health will soon be ok.
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KARL RHODES was thrown from the Company team one day last week and received quite a painful bruise about his shoulder and arms.
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One of our townsman S.F. FOWLER, is the happy owner of a nice little mustang Montanna or Texas pony and the above named animal furnishes some amusement , especially on last Saturday evening when MR. FOWLER and some neighbor friends concluded to hook up the pony and do a little gardening.... the pony wasn't ready .
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April 20
Danger of frost is over- plant your beans on Friday. Next Sunday is Easter.
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T.C. WESTALL is building a house for G.A. GASH, of Tryon.
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C.M. CAMPBELL has been some-what indisposed for the past few days suffering with an attack of neuralgia.

 

 

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