Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
April 5, 1905

A few cases of whooping cough are reported in town.

Mr. Harry VanHook is up and about again after a spell of bilious fever.

The steamer Mattie came no higher than Mosley’s Bluff on her return trip the first of the week, having no freight for this place.

STRAW HATS. Come and inspect our Hats, consisting of Ladies and Misses trimmed, Shirt Waist, Golf and Street Hats. They are the very latest styles, and were trimmed by a well known millinery establishment. Our Prices will astonish you. J. D. BAUGHMAN.

Mr. J. M. Wallace has rented the office now occupied by the bank and will establish his insurance office therein as soon as the bank people vacate.

Prof. Hammons having closed his school at Oakland on account of small attendance, spent the Sabbath at this place, the guest of his brother, Dr. A. C. Hammons.

Hon. C. D. Fredrick, mayor of Junction City, La., was a visitor to Farmerville last Friday on business of a private nature.

Dr. J. M. Thurmon, dentist of Ruston, after spending several days in Farmerville last week, left for Marion last Monday where he will remain one week.

Mr. J. D. Baughman received a check last week for $1100 covering his insurance on his barn burned March 12th, the company waiving the privilege to delay the payment for 90 days.

The delayed metal ceiling for the new brick building having arrived last week it has been put in place and the Farmerville State Bank and the Farmerville Drug Co., expects to move in their new quarters the last of this week or the first of next.

Mr. A. C. Gill, of Lapile, Ark., arrived in Farmerville last Sunday on private business and was the guest of his uncle J. D . Baughman during his stay. He made the trip on horseback.

Judge Allen Barksdale, after spending the week at this point attending court, left for his home at Ruston last Friday morning, accompanied by Messrs. H. W. Reagan and J. E. Cavannah.

Court having closed here last Friday, Judge Dawkins and District Attorney Preaus left for Ruston last Saturday where they are holding a term of district court this week.

Just received, a car of the celebrated Fleur de Hungroise and Blanche flour, which is sold under a guarantee to be as good as any flour on the market, at $6.50 and $6.25, J. D. BAUGHMAN.

J. W. Elder, Esq., returned home last Wednesday from Mangum, Oklahoma, where he was called by the dangerous illness of his mother, and was greatly pleased to find her much improved and out of danger when he reached her home.

Prof. C. C. Kenney, of Junction City, Ark., and Miss Edna Powell, of Marion, this parish, were married at Mer Rouge on last Sunday a week and will make their home in Junction City.

THE RUSTON LEADER says it is reported in that town that the Arkansas Southern R. R., will pass into the hands of the Frisco system in the near future.

Messrs. P. W. Seaman and F. W. Scott, of the Union Sawmill came over from Huttig on their electric car last Saturday and spent some time here on business at the courthouse.

This is the season for kite flying and the boys are now navigating the air with these gaudy toys, much to the depletion of the “gude wife’s” work basket in the way of bread.

FOR SALE. A large steel range, cheap for the cash. Apply to the Farmerville Bakery.

Mr. A. C. Harper, one of our readers at Weldon, was in Farmerville last Saturday and favored us with a call during his stay, and among other things mentioned the fact that the severe cold weather in January destroyed the seed sweet potatoes by freezing them in the banks and causing them to rot, and as a consequence very few, if any, remains for planting purposes. He says the merchants of Homer, Claiborne Parish, are shipping in seed potatoes for their customers and suggests that the merchants of this section follow their example, otherwise, there will be a very limited crop of this valuable food product raised in this parish the present year.

The American Board of Foreign Missions which recently rejected John Rockefeller’s gift of $100,000 to aid them in their work, on the ground that it was derived from sources decryed by the church, has reconsidered its action and now asks for two weeks to reconcile objecting members of the board.

The construction contract just closed by the Rock Island System from Traskwood to Crossett, Ark., calls also for a branch road 30 miles long to Eldorado, which will connect in Calhoun or Bradley county. The entire line to be in operation inside of two years.

A mad dog ran amuck in Lafayette Parish last week and destroyed about $1,000 worth of stock before it was killed. A number of horses and cows which were bitten by the animal were shot at once or subsequently killed after developing rabies. Fortunately it attacked no person in its rounds.

Prof. Hix, of the High School will leave this evening for Alexandria, to attend a three days session of the State Teachers Association, which convenes in that city tomorrow.

The sun may fail to run his diurnal course and the stars may veer from their eternal pathway, but our neighbors phonograph goes on forever, and when the dulcet and oft repeated strains of “Roll on the Ground” is borne in upon us we feel an uncontrollable impulse to follow this injunction.

Farmerville offers a fine opening for the establishment of many industrial and commercial enterprises, her isolation from railroad facilities rendering such investments out of the question heretofore. But now that we have a railroad in operation the field is invitingly open to investors, which are sure to come backed as we are by broad territory rich in undeveloped resources.

Among other good things in store for Farmerville, we hear of a proposal to establish a big hardware store at this place next fall. A business of this kind could not fail to do well here.

The soft green verdure of the field and forest, a new not in the twitter of the birds and the balmy breath of the breezes which have replaced the winter’s chill, proclaims the coming of the glad spring tide, with its mating birds, its budding trees and flowering sward, the happiest season of all the unfolding year.


We were tendered an advertising contract this week which was a novelty of its kind and which we regret missing on account of rates. The kids, fired by the recent advent of Haag’s show, have organizes a show of their own, and brought us a list of their attractions for publication this week, among other things a wild ride on a donkey which has already killed (?) three men, one of Smith’s donkeys to figure as the sanguinary animal. The aggregation goes under the name of “Brass Bros. Show,” and set forth a number of hair raising feats, in which home talent figures. They have already given one exhibition, which a stirring parade taking in forty cents at the door, 5 cents being the price of admission. They have bought a lot of domestic which is being constructed into a tent and the next performance will be under canvass and up-to-date. It is quite and amusing venture and gives full swing to boyish imitation.

Spring Millinery

I will be at Mr. J. N. Hicks’ store at Mosley’s Bluff, after March 23rd. with an up-to-date line of millinery, and will be glad to have my friends call on me before purchasing elsewhere. MISS OLLIE HICKS.

Mr. Wolf, representing the Shreveport Times, was here last Saturday in the interest of this excellent journal, and we were pleased to learn that he added to its daily and weekly circulation during the time he was here. However, of the train men persist in sending it up the Arkansas Southern and by way of Felsenthal instead of by Choudrant, its interest will be detracted from by making it 12 hours on the day of publication.

Mr. W. A. Perryman, a citizen of this place, but now located in Ruston, arrived in Farmerville yesterday evening and is circulating among old friends today.

Mr. J. E. Cavannah, of Chicago, who is interested in the milling and timber interests of this section, was here last Thursday to meet Mr. H. W. Ragan, of Ruston, with whom he is connected in business, and left with him for Ruston Friday morning.

Mrs. J. D. Baughman left yesterday evening for Monroe, to visit her sister Mrs. Jas. Raburn, of that City.


The Progressive League excursion to our town last week was composed of about 50 of the leading business men and most progressive citizens of Monroe, who all seemed to enjoy the trip and expressed a great interest in the promised development of our town and parish, and were evidently desirous of strengthening the commercial ties which for years have existed between our town and their progressive city. And were explicit in their pledges to contribute every facility to make the future business relations between the points pleasantly and mutually beneficial.

While our community felt honored by the presence of these distinguished guests in our midst, and, we trust, contributed everything possible to make their stay pleasant and entertaining, nevertheless, we realize that business for Monroe prompted the consideration shown us and that these good people in looking out for the welfare of Farmerville may be depended upon to look out for themselves likewise. But this is only right and proper, for where sentiment leaves off business sets in, and by this token we are made to realize that the days of “Hobson’s choice” for Farmerville have given way to a new era of independence and business consideration for our town. And while we shall gladly accept all the good things Monroe may have in store for us in the way of enterprise and trade, at the same time, in our new found vigor and emancipation from inexorable conditions, we shall stand ready to broaden our fraternity and will not be slow to respond to the neighborly knock of other well-wishers who may come a wooing.

We are well pleased with the interest expressed by our Ouachita friends and shall not forget the advantages held out to us by closer commercial relations, but all the while we are going to leave our latch-string on the outside for the world at large, trusting to grow great by rubbing against big things. The Parlor City among others. Come again neighbors; and in the mean time we expect to return the call.

The present cold snap, on the order of a norther, was a sort of surprise, coming as it did on the heels of a balmy spring temperature.

The trains are out two hours late today.

A freight train was wrecked on a trestle near Cristie, Sabine Parish, one day last week and two tramps hidden away in a box car loaded with lumber were in danger of being crushed to death, their rescuers compelled to tear the roof from the car to get them out.

We call special attention to the advertisement of the firm of Lowe & Youngblood of Monroe, appear in this issue. This is one of the most up-to-date jewelry firms in North Louisiana and those in need of anything in their line will do well to confer with them, as they will duplicate the prices of the big firm abroad. When in Monroe call upon them and inspect their stock.

Mr. R. A. Phelps, deputy U. S. Marshal from Shreveport, was here last Wednesday and posted the notices of sale of the Cole lands acquired by the government from Issac Cole by judicial sale for cotton taxes due. The proposed sale comprises six tracts, one of 220 acres, one of 100 acres and four of 80 acres.

Ladies Attention. You are invited to call and inspect our handsome line of millinery goods before placing our orders elsewhere. Our stock to be open and on display at the residence (temporarily) of Mrs. C. D. Covington, on the north side of town about April 1st. Mdes. J. B. & C. D. Covington.


William Ball, a young man employed at the V. S. & P. shops in Monroe, met with a fearful death last Friday morning from entanglement in a moving belt. In company with another employ he mounted to the ceiling to adjust the belt and his arm catching in it, he was whirled around by the machinery and his body torn and crushed out of all semblance of humanity before the machinery could be stopped. He was able to utter but two words, “Oh, God!” ere the life was crushed out of him. The rapidly revolving body struck Copeland, knocking him from the beam to which they bad climbed but fortunately he grasped a pipe which broke his fall.

Henry Oneal, son of U. S. Marshal Oneal, of Shreveport, has been appointed to the position of deputy in his father’s office, to succeed Deputy Rankin resigned.

Miss Agnes Watson, daughter of Hon. Tom Watson of Georgia, to ease the pain resulting from the extraction of a tooth, took an over dose of morphine last week and for a time was very dangerously ill at the home of a friend in Atlanta, where she was visiting at the time. Her life at one time was despaired of.

It is claimed that Sheriff Taylor’s new residence on the east side of town infringes on the street and there was some talk of Attorney T. A. Crow, who has land adjoining upon which he intends to build shortly, enjoining the work of construction.


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