Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
April 12, 1905

Read the notice to delinquent non-resident tax payers appearing on the fourth page of this issue.

Mr. D. E. Laupheimer spent several days with friends in Monroe last week.

Early gardens hereabouts were severely nipped by the late cold, but with the return of propitious weather interest is reviving in this connection.

We note in the Ruston Leader that W. A. Mashaw, late of this place, has moved with his family from Ruston to Winnfield to establish a jeweler shop at that point.

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

A baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Norris at their home on the east side of town last Sunday night.

A number of the young folks met at the Hartman residence last Friday night “to trip the light fantastic toe,” a very enjoyable evening passed by those attending.

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

The Farmerville State Bank moved into its new brick building last Saturday and is now domiciled in its new and elegant quarters, where it is provided with facilities and fixtures up to-date in every respect.

Mrs. J. D. Baughman, accompanied by Mrs. M. J. Pearson, returned home last Friday from a visit to El Dorado, Ark., and not Monroe, as we erroneously stated in last weeks issue.

The owners of the steamer Mattie contemplate substantial improvement on the craft this summer, by increasing the power of her machinery and adding passenger facilities in the way of staterooms and other accommodations.

Mesdames Donley, Bell, Van Hook and Taylor gave a joint family dining at the Donley residence last Sunday, the editor so fortunate as to be present on the occasion to enjoy the good cheer provided by these excellent ladies.


Mrs. A. J. Bell had a male canary to get out of its cage a few days ago and will gladly pay a reasonable reward for its return or any information leading to its recovery. It is bright yellow in color, with a very small dark spot on neck and tip of wing.

Mrs. Johnston and Miss Florence Donley attended the minstrel performance at Huttig, last Wednesday evening, returning home on the noon train Thursday. They reported a very enjoyable entertainment.

Several of our citizens have supplied themselves with incubators and are preparing to count out old mother “Speckle” in producing their supply of spring chickens. However, the important end of the enterprise, the egg laying, will still be left to her ample capacity.


My friends and the public generally are hereby notified that I will remain in Farmerville, with my photograph gallery until April 22nd embracing the first week of court. Thanking you for past favors and soliciting your future business, I am

R. J. ARMSTONG, The Photographer

Telephone connections with the landing having been destroyed by the late burning of the warehouse, Mr. Ward, the telephone man, boxed up a booth at that point last week and rigged up a phone therein for the use of the steamboat people in communicating with the town.

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.


Monday the 24th is the date fixed for the appearance of a party of distinguished citizens of the state in Farmerville to discuss the question of a reduced cotton acreage with our people, and it is very necessary that local arrangements be made to welcome these visitors and see that a proper crowd is on hand to meet them and to get the proper information before public. And we would suggest that a meeting of the citizens of the town be held for this purpose. The campaign is divided into six itineraries with different lists of speakers, and as the appointment here falls within the dates of second itinerary, the speakers allotted to this appointment, are Senator S. D. McEnery, Hon. J. E. Ransdell, Maj. F. P. Stubbs, Jr., Gov. R. H. Snyder, J. C. Madden, W. F. Millsaps, S. D. Pearce, C. P. Ballour, J. R. Myrick and A. T. Nelson.


In the “Good Old Summer Time” go to F. E. Mayo’s for your cold drinks. He keeps everything in this line and be is a artistic “mixer”. Try one of his exclusive lemonades, it is a thing of delight and a joy for ever.

Mr. J. D. Baughman has set about replacing his warehouse, destroyed by fire some time back, with a new structure, the material on the ground and the foundations laid on the site of the old building.

Mr. C. H. Murphy, president of the Bank of El Dorado, spent the Sabbath with friends in Farmerville. Mr. Murphy was formerly sheriff of this parish and made a most excellent officer, and at the same time rendered himself very popular with our people who are pleased to note his continued success in his new home.


District Court will convene at this place next Monday morning, this being the regular petit jury term, and in accordance with its late adjournment on account of the sudden illness of the foreman, the grand jury will also convene to complete the unfinished business of its late term. We understand that a considerable criminal docket will engage the attention of the court.

Mr. Henry Archer returned home last Saturday from Spencer, where he has been at work trying to establish a post office at that point, which is located on the Little Rock & Monroe R. R. his purpose to be appointed postmaster for the new office.

Our New Phone

The Gazette office is now equipped with telephone facilities whereby our patrons can confer with us promptly on business matters and thus save a walk across town. We will be pleased to have friends at neighboring points in the parish communicate with us on business, assuring them of special attention.


In accordance with the published notice of election, the citizens of Farmerville will be called upon next Tuesday, April, 18th, to vote on municipal officers for the ensuing year, a mayor, marshal, and a board of five aldermen to be elected for the town. We have heard very little interest expressed in this matter, aside from a few casual suggestions; the names of Messrs. Crow, Mathews and Underwood mentioned in connection with the office of mayor. However, this is a matter which concerns the welfare and progress of the town and in view of important issues of vital interests to the community to come up for adjustment in the near future, the voters should see to it that none but strong executive men who have the moral welfare of the the community at heart, are selected for place of public trust and responsibility.

Mrs. Cordellia Alexander has accepted a position as operator in the telephone exchange.

Go to Mayo’s

He has all the delightful summer drinks from “pop to snowdrift” and can supply you with a “Gibson Girl”. He is a past master in compounding liquid delights and can tickle your taste. “Keep cool” by going to Mayo’s and remember he sells ice and seasonable fruits.


The members of the Southern Cotton Grower’s Association, for Union Parish and all other citizens interested in the upbuilding of the cotton interest in our midst, are requested to meet at the courthouse in Farmerville on Monday, April 24th, at 10 o’clock a.m., for the purpose of meeting distinguished speakers sent out by the state organization, who will discuss plans for protecting the cotton industry of the state and to safeguard the future price of the staple. A full attendance especially of the farmers, is hereby urged. Out regular days of meeting are June 20th, August 15th and November 14th. W. P. CHANDLER, Pres. S. C. A.

The bayou continues to rise and Capt. Wilson is of the opinion that the navigation of the stream will remain open through the month of June.

We call attention to the new advertisement of the Farmerville State BAnk appearing in this issue.

The High School will close its present session on May 15th.

Why Not?

Your time is valuable. Why not make use of your convenience and economize time by using K. A. Pleasant’s delivery wagon when ordering your days groceries? All orders by person or phone, promptly filled.

Mr. H. W. Ragan, of Ruston, arrived in Farmerville yesterday evening by private conveyance, on one of his regular business visits to this section.


A terrible tragedy was enacted in the lodge room of the K. of P. at Felsenthal, Ark., last Monday night, in which Ebenezer Runyan, an applicant for admission to the organization, lost his life in a very deplorable manner while going through the initiation ceremonies. Chas Fuller, an officer of the lodge who was conducting the initiation leveled a pistol, supposed to be loaded with blank cartridges, at the head of the novitiate and was horrified to see him drop to the floor in a dying condition, with a bullet through his brain, a loaded cartridge having been slipped into the chamber of the weapon in some mysterious way.

Last Monday, the 10th, was the date fixed for the first regular train to run into Monroe over the Little Rock and Monroe railroad. In this connection we understand that daily connections will be maintained between Monroe and Farmerville over this road.

Mayor Jackson was a passenger on board the steamer Mattie last Friday, enroute for Monroe on business.

Sheriff Taylor received a large consignment of shingles from Monroe on the Mattie last week to be used in the construction of his new residence.

The train service has mixed our mail facilities considerably, causing our mail matter to come by way of Arkansas which would arrive fully twelve hours earlier by the way of Choudrant. The Shreveport Times, our only reliance for early news, sometimes render a day late from this cause, when otherwise we would receive it on the evening of the day of issue.

The Pugh brothers, of Ashley County, Ark., pleaded guilty to the charge of peonage and were fined $1,000 each, in the United States Court in session at Little Rock, Ark., last Saturday, the proof to hand that they were holding a number of negro farm laborers (from Texas) upon their farms against their will.

Fire at Bernice

A fire originated last Wednesday night in the “Famous” Land Bros., clothing establishment, destroying the building and contents, together with J. O. Fuller’s stock of jewelry, which was kept in the same building. Fuller’s residence, close by, was at one time in danger of destruction, but was saved by the efforts of the citizens, although considerably damaged. Amount of loss or insurance not stated.

Luther Burbanks, the youth who originated the Irish potato that bears his name, has since succeeded in producing a fadeless flower and a plum without a stone. Finding a seed pod (something rare) in a field of Early Rose potatoes, he planted the seed one of which grew and produced the Burbanks potato. He sold it to a seedsman and secured the money to move to California and there start upon a successful career.

Ladies Attention

You are invited to call and inspect our handsome line of millinery goods before placing your 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.


Court having adjourned in Ruston, Judge Dawkins and District Attorney Preaus returned to their homes at this place last Sunday. From the later we learn that the grand jury was convened in special session at Ruston to examine into the case of Bob Burton, the negro recently trailed down by the hounds and arrested on the charge of entering homes in the night time evidently with criminal intent. And the body after looking into the case promptly returned a true bill on the lines of the charge, which carries capital punishment with it in case of conviction. The law fixing capital punishment as the penalty in all cases where persons are convicted of entering a house in the night time, with or without arms, or where an assault is made upon a person legally residing therein. Mr. Preaus says the circumstantial evidence against the negro is conclusive, the dogs trailing him from the scene of his criminal attempt to his home, and when he was made to arise by the officers he showed every mark of guilty agitation, the pantaloons and shoes that he put on wet and muddy from recent tramping. And next morning the tracks he left in the mud around the homes he entered and along the line of his fight compared perfectly with the markings on the soles of the shoes, even where the leather was partly cut away, the marks of the threads in the soles showing. Furthermore, when Miss Wells, the daughter of night watchman Wells (whom he choked and tried to carry out of the house) was shown the shoes, she raised her hands and exclaimed: “those are the shoes that made the tracks around our house, although one of them is not so badly worn as the other,” which was the case. The evidence against him in the assault on Mrs. Hodge, is to the effect that she says he greatly resembles the negro that attacked her, but she was not sure; the circumstances such that she could not be positive in any case. Moreover, his tracks were the same in size and length as those left in the cut, but in the latter the markings in the soles were absent. However, these could have appeared after the crime, as a week or two had elapsed. It is also said that when the dogs were brought to the cut at the time of Mrs. Hodge’s misfortune, they twice trailed up to the Industrial grounds, but were called back, as it was thought useless to seek the criminal in that direction. Burton, it will be remembered, worked at the Industrial for the last three years, and could find a safe retreat therein, as it was close to the scene of the crime and easy to reach in the intervals of the victim’s revival. The negro is still in Shreveport, where he will remain until the date of his trial.

Little Robert Fenton, the young son of Mr. J. D. Fenton, on crossing a fence near his home last Saturday, fell upon some rocks beneath and fractured his collar bone. Dr. Jameson ministered for the little fellow in his misfortune and gives assurances of an early recovery from his injury.

Mrs. Taylor, wife of W. W. Taylor, is reported quite ill at her house four miles east of town, her condition serious although not dangerous so far.

Mr. Duke Selig is spending the week at Ruston, his brother, Mr. Jack Selig, of Bernice, looking after the affairs of the livery stable in his absence.

Experts with the rod and line anticipate an abundance of fish and fine sport this season, in view of the high waters that have prevailed, which has permitted the fish to run into the lakes and streams from the larger water courses.

Mr. H. H. Ward, parish surveyor, was here last Saturday and dropped in to meet the new management and to inform us that his failure to respond to official calls was due to recent illness, but that he is now ready to serve the public.

Mrs. Murphy, wife of Dr. W. C. Murphy, and a sister-in-law of Assessor Murphy, died at her home at Strong, Ark., last Friday. The deceased was about 56 years of age and was for a long time a resident of this parish and leaves a wide circle of friends to regret her demise.

Rev. Newton, Baptist minister at Calhoun, spent last Friday night with friends at this place, returning home Saturday morning.

We are informed that telephone connections between this place and points on the Arkansas Southern R. R. will be effected by the connection of the Cook line with the lines over that road in Ruston.

The telephone exchange here renders service to 73 local phones and 6 long distance lines, connection to be had with almost any point desired. And by the way, Farmerville has one of the best served and most satisfactory telephone systems in the state.

Arrangements are going on for special Easter services at the Methodist church, under direction of the pastor. Rev. Sloane

In this issue will be found the professional card of T. A. Crow, Esq., counselor and attorney at law, who offers his professional services to the people of our parish and the public at large. Mr. Crow is a young gentleman of intelligence and worth and during the two years of his practice has given proof of his professional ability. Of good antecedents and equipped with a thorough course in the law department of Tulane University, of New Orleans, he enters upon his professional career under the most promising auspices and we bespeak for him public consideration and a full measure of success in life.

We were pleased to receive call from Mr. J. L. Boulware, of D’Arbonne yesterday evening, who was here on private business, and called around to contribute to the success and well being of this Gazette.

The elegant new soda fountain and other fixtures of the Farmerville Drug Co., are being put in place and Mr. O. M. Taylor, who will preside over the establishment, informs us that they will be domiciled in their commodious new quarters about the first of next week, when they can boast one of the handsomest and best appointed drug stores in North Louisiana.


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