December 21, 1904
Mr. W. E. Davis, an old and prominent citizen of the Cherry Ridge neighborhood died last week. Mr. Davis was a prominent member of the K. of P. lodge and was buried with K. of P. honors, the lodge at Farmerville sending a committee to be present at the funeral. While Mr. Davis was very old, having about passed his allotted mile stone in life, still this fact makes his loss none the less poignant to his many relatives and friends and to them The Gazette extends much sympathy.
All parties indebted to me either by note or account must make settlement by January 1st. else I will be compelled to turn it over to an Attorney for collections. This means all that own me.
I am compelled to take this step in order to meet my obligations and have to push tose that are indebted to me. J. D. BAUGHMAN.
Andrew Carnegie has donated $540,000 to Boston to found an Industrial Training School. The graft of Mrs. Chadwick does not seem to have affected Mr. Carnegie’s Philanthropy.
My residence and three acres of ground situated in the heart of Farmerville. The house has been recently painted and the house put in excellent repair. Located within two blocks of the Methodist and Baptist churches and the high school. Occupies an entire square and has a good barn, servants house and excellent water. Price $2000, one half cash and the balance in one and two years with 6 per cent interest. L. E. THOMAS, SHREVEPORT, LA.,
The following are the names of the officers elected at the last meeting of Pine Hill Camp No. 250 W. O. W. Farmerville, La., to serve for the year 1905; J. G. Evans, C. C., W. F. Jackson, A. L. E. J. Lee Banker, Will Covinton, Escort, Carl Atkinson, Sentry Perry Pace, Watch.
Mr. J. E. Furgerson has left a few fruit trees at The Gazette office. Parties who ordered them should call and get them and pay their bill.
Mayfield Morris, a resident of Ouachita Parish shot and killed his wife last Friday night because she went to visit at the house of her brother. Morris has forbidding his wife to visit her brothers family and when she did go he followed her and her down.
The steamer Glen Island burned on the 17th in Long Island. ? and nine lives were lost.
Judge A. A. Gunby of Monroe, is in Farmerville on business.
It is said that the negroes of Washington, D. C. are highly insulted because they have not been asked to take a prominent part in the inaugural ceremonies soon to take place in the capitol. It is a pity that Mr. Roosevelt should have raised the hopes of Mr. (?) to the skies only to be dashed to pieces on a barren rock, but better that than to continue the policy which he inaugurated lost year by a long shot.
Do you expect to use fertilizers’ cotton seed meal or acid phosphate next season? If so, I am prepared to contract with you at market price from on ton to a car load. With exchange fertilizer for cotton seed. Place your order with me early and avoid delays. Can deliver in January at your railroad station. I sell only such fertilizers as are fully guaranteed. B. F. Post, Lillie, La.
Fire in Ruston
News came over the wire yesterday of a big fire in Ruston Monday resulting in the burning of the firms of W. B. & I. Smith, who are the biggest clothiers and furnishers anywhere in North Louisiana outside of Shreveport and Monroe, Lewis and Duncan’s fire insurance office, I. Kushiner. Turentine’s music store and Lewis Co., the biggest general merchant in the place.
The fire started about 3 o’clock Monday morning in the building of I. Kushiner and on account of the insufficient supply of water it burned nearly all day Monday before it was checked.
Editor Gazette: As no one has mentioned Marion through your paper for some time. I will try in my feeble way to write you again if you think it worthy of your notice. Since my last correspondence through your paper there has been some changes here. New buildings going up all around. Our college building is almost complete; a fine Methodist church just finished and the Baptist church is to be overhauled which will then be a nice church. We get our goods by rail and have a nice depot half a mile from us but as yet they have no agent here. They claim that we have not complied with our promises and this matter should be attended to. If we are due them anything we should pay them, if they comply with their promise. I for one am willing to do my part in paying the amount which we all agreed to pay. I don’t really think they have complied with their obligations but I say we have got the road and I think it best to settle up with them some way and will.
While we are doing all in our power to build up our town it seems like others are trying to tear it down. Whiskey is here on every side. In our town, in the woods and on the roads and no way as yet to put it down. It seems like Sunday is the big day with the saloons and boys of any age can get it. The stores all closed on Sunday but the saloons don’t close. While I have a great sympathy for drunkards — I was one myself but left it off 12 or 13 years ago–I feel it my duty to warn them of the danger of this great evil. If I could be the means of saving just one man or boy from a drunkards grave I would feel like I had pay for all my trouble.
Why, O Why don’t some one write on this line that is more able than myself. Remember as I have told you before I have had only three months schooling; I am old and feeble and when I look back over my past life with the four years of war I spent for our freedom but lost our cause I can’t hardly realize that I am with you still. As I told you in my last letter, I will not write many more articles for publications. There are so many people who read your paper, some in Texas who asked me to let them hear from me through your paper.
Well, I will add a few more lines regarding the future outlook of the parish. I feel a little disheartened because we have made so many debts, especially with cotton, which is all we have to pay debts with, at such a low price.
I can’t see any chance for any advances in cotton as we have made one of the largest crops on record and no one to pull up the price like Brown did last year. Cotton goods of all kinds have gone down almost as low as when cotton was 5c. Then look back and see that we had 4 1/2 & 5c cotton for many years just now and then it would pop up a little for a short time and we were not benefited but little by the rise. The most of the farmers have held their cotton seed so they will get the merchants to buy them fertilizer on credit to cheapen the price of their cotton. If I was a young man and starting out in life if I could not pay cash for a pair of shoes I would go barefooted until I could pay for them. I will just say as I have always said that I am the same old 100 cents on the dollar from birth to death.
J. H. Roark
Mrs. T. J. Breed has returned from a visit to relatives in Kansas.
Mrs. L. H. Barnes left last Saturday for a visit to her mother in Ruston.
You have only about ten days in which to pay your poll tax.
For sale cheap for cash or for approved paper, 1 good iron safe. J. G. Trimble.
Mr. C. T. Simmons, the popular insurance man of Marion, was in Farmerville the first part of the week.
(?)ink you that I can make good photograph? Right. Give me a try. Satisfaction given. J. B. Adcock.
Lillie Barnes is quite sick with pneumonia at her mother’s residence in Farmerville.
NOTICE. I will not be in my office in Farmerville until after January 1st. A. C. Hamonds, D. D. S.
We regret to learn of the death of Mr. Percy Savage of the Marion neighborhood, which occurred last Friday.
Hon. C. B. Roberts of Ruston was in town the first of the week making arrangments for the opening up of the new law firm of Price, Roberts and Elder in Farmerville.
Pictures. I will take pictures here at my studio until Jan. 15th 1905. Call to have your work don before the rush – Holidays. J. D. ADCOCK, Bernice La.
Mr. James Constantine, a young jeweler and silversmith, formerly of Winnfield, La., was in Farmerville this week making arrangements to sale here. He will in a short while put in a first class jewelry store in Farmerville.