Farmerville Local News

The Gazette
May 3, 1905

Mr. F. E. Mayo made a short trip to Shreveport last week, returning by the way of Choudrant.

Mr. W. H. Seals, superintendent of the Summit Lumber Co., of Randolph, was here last Saturday on business.

Mr. Joe W. Kemble, representing the Dorsey Printing Co., of Dallas, Texas, was here last week in the interest of his house.

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Baughman returned last Saturday from Monroe after a pleasant visit to Mrs. Baughman’s relatives in that city.

We are requested to announce that Mr. G. D. Sanders will conduct prayer meeting services at the Baptist church tomorrow night.

Car Load Bananas. We receive every week a car of this luscious fruit, including Oranges, Lemons and Apples. Send us your orders. MONROE GROCER CO., LTD.

Mrs. Donley was quite ill from nervous prostration last Saturday night, but we are pleased to state that she is convalescing at present.

Mr. J. L. HIcks, who is employed at the carpenters trade in Farmerville, spent the Sabbath at home with his family in D’Arbonne.

Miss Annie Gregory, who has been visiting the home of her sister, Mrs. Crow, for several months, left for her home in Columbia last Friday.

Machinery for Sale. I have for sale an 8 horse power Erie City steam engine and boiler in good order and will be sold at bargain prices. Apply to H. H. Rugg, 4-26-05.1m. Mosley’s Blugg, La.

Work is progressing on Sheriff Taylor’s fine residence on the south side, which will be completed by June first if conditions remains favorable.

Workmen were employed last week in putting up screen doors and windows in the various offices in the court house, which will add to the comfort of the officers during fly time.

A severe type of whooping cough is prevailing in this section, a number of little ones suffering from this persistent affection. Two deaths in cases of very young children having occurred to date.

Several persons in town and in the vicinity have found their potato patches infested by the potato bug, which have done considerable damage, and are applying paris green as a remedy.

Electrician Ward, of the local telephone company, was busy last week repairing the injury inflicted on the local system by the electrical disturbance of last Monday a week, and by last Friday evening had everything in good working order.

Lost Fountain Pen. We have been handed the barrel of an “Arm & Hammer Fountain Pen,” (the portion that slips over the pen when closed) picked up on the street, and which the owner may have by applying at this office.

Judge Dawkins left last Saturday evening on the train for Ruston, where he is holding a term of district court this week. He was followed by District Attorney Preaus last Sunday, who went by privet conveyance.

Miss Florence Donley, who was visiting relatives in Junction City, returned home by private conveyance last Sunday evening, called back by the sudden illness of her mother. Se was accompanied by her friend, Miss Willie Hightower, who left on the return trip for home on the train Monday morning.

Attorney T. A. Crow returned from Nashville, Tenn., last Thursday on the noon train, just in time to receive the congratulations of his friends and neighbors on the advent of a dimpled baby girl, (the first) who put in her mundane appearance at his home in the early hours of the day, tipping the beam at 11 pounds. To my that Papa Crow (who thinks she is the whitest, prettiest crow that ever existed) is proud of his first born, would be put in mildly.

An Idle Rumor

It was rumored on the streets this week that Messrs. Ragan and Carvannah had sold out their timber interest in this parish to the Union Saw Mill Co., of Huttig, Ark., taking stock in the latter concern for a large share of the purchase price; and the gentlemen in question arriving in town last Monday we at once sought them out for the facts in the case. Mr. Ragan positively assured us that there was not the least truth in the rumor, and was at a loss to account for the report unless it grew out of the fact that Seaman, the timber superintendent of the Union Mill, was here assisting him in correctly platting his timber lands and estimating the value, in return for service he had personally rendered the company some time back. To the contrary of the reported sale, he says he is contemplating a plan to utilize his timber here and would at once set about locating a saw mill at this point of sufficient local capital was invested in the stock. At any rate he contemplates locating his family in Farmerville, to personally look after his large timber interests in this immediate section.

Mr. Marion Brantley, son of Mr. Brantley, of this vicinity, applied at the clerk’s office last Wednesday to obtain license to wed Miss Emma Hodges, but was surprised to learn that orders had been left with that official, by Mr. Dave Hodges, father of the prospective bride, not to issue same, as his daughter was under age and inclined to marry against his will. But not to be turned aside by a little thing like this, the would-be benedict sought his fair one, and being on the wings on love, they boarded the train at Bernice and journeyed to Ruston, where the connubial knot was soon tied. The Ruston correspondent of the Shreveport Times, in noting the elopement, said the irate father was in hot pursuit, but arrived too late to prevent the marriage, but this was a mistake as no pursuit was undertaken.

We do not know whose duty it is to look after the sanitary condition about the jail, but we do know it is obligatory on the city authorities to look into it and see that it is observed, as the predatory hogs about town are advertising it freely. Wallowing in the obnoxious filth to to be found in that quarter and then parading the streets in an odorous condition that would call for a protest even from a buzzard roost. The new town council when it assembles would do well to create a sanitary board to look after the town’s health.

Due to the failure of our stock of paper, (which we ordered a month ago) to arrive in time, we were short of papers last week, and had to cut out our exchanges and outside subscribers to a great extent, having barely enough papers to cover our home circulation. About 1,300, our total issue about 1,500. This was a contingency over which we had no control and we did the best we could, but hereafter will reach you all, as we now have an abundance of paper on hand.

The infant child of Mr. W. H. Norris, who lives just outside the east line of the incorporation, died Friday night from the effects of a very severe case of whooping cough. The tender age of the child unable to bear the inroads of the malady. This made two children to die from whooping cough in this vicinity on the same day, Mr. Will Roan, who lives about two miles farther east, losing a little one from the same cause and upon the same date.

SUNDAY SCHOOL PICNIC. The two Sunday Schools in Farmerville will join in a picnic next Friday morning, to be held at the “Spring” near the Fork Ferry. We understand that some arrangements will be made for transporting the little ones to and from the picnic grounds.

We note a tendency in the country towns to elect the editors of local papers to the office of mayor, as in the case of Payne, of the Dodson Times, Holland, of the St. Helena Echo, and several others whose names we forget, and we suppose this is done because there is nothing in the position save honor, and very little of that or maybe it is to give them an opportunity to inaugurate some of the reforms in city government, so frequently demand when time hangs heavy on their hands.

Fell in a Fit

Last Monday evening, a stranger by the name of Jaques, enroute from Shreveport by the way of Ruston, arrived at this place by private conveyance and from his own admissions and general appearance was evidently just off of a hard spree. Apparently very nervous and desirous of a drink. Failing to locate the “booze,” he went to the establishment of F. E. Mayo, (with whom he was at one time associated in the bar business,) and sat on the gallery, where he attracted the attention of those present by his wild expression and finally overcome by nervousness, he grabbed a post and sank down in a hard fit. He was taken up and conveyed and sank down in a hard fit. He was taken up and conveyed to the rear of the store in a pitiful state, where Dr. Evens administered restoratives and with the assistance of Messrs. J. B. Covington and H. A. Johnson, (the latter having a slight acquaintance with the man in Shreveport) he was brought around and was finally able to go to the home of Mr. Mayo, where he was provided with a bed and other attentions, and yesterday morning was considerably improved, but yet sick and week. He is evidently one of those unfortunates who have fallen under the thrall of intemperance, which has claimed the better part of his life; and some day he will pass away along the route indicated Monday evening, another passive victim of the insatiable monster “Drink”.

We are told that cars will be running regularly over the Monroe & Little Rock railroad in a very few days, the gap in the road about closed up. This will give us direct daily communication with Monroe; person leaving here in the morning enable to proceed direct to that city without a lay over, the cost of the trip something about two dollars. As the train runs now, one may leave here at 6:30 a. m. and arrive in Ruston at 6:30 p. m., at a cost of about $3.50, half the cost of making the journey by livery conveyance.

Don’t Forget That when you need ice in reasonable quantity, I can supply you at 1 per pound, as I am buying in carload lots of have perfect facilities for keeping it in my new ice house. Come to me for your ice. K. A. Pleasant.

J. Ed Roark, of Marion, was among the arrivals on the train last Monday evening to attend to the preliminaries in the meeting of his creditors, which is fixed for today at the clerk’s office.

Preparations are being made to move the post office to the new brick building and we understand that Mr. H. A. Johnson, the barber, has rented the house to be vacated and will reside therein with his family.

Deputy U. S. Marshal R. A. Phelps, of Shreveport, was here last Friday looking after the sale of certain lands belonging to the Federal government, which will be found advertised in this issue.

READY FOR BUSINESS. I will receive my first consignment of a carload of ice this week and will be prepared to furnish the public with this essential commodity by retail and at the reduced pride of 1 cent per pound. And will deliver it regularly to town where the proper arrangements are made. Call on me, or phone me, when you want ice. K. A. PLEASANT.

Mrs. Burk and family, wife of our very accommodating depot agent, accompanied by her sister, Miss Vivian Fortson, arrived from Winnsboro, Franklin Parish, last Monday evening, to make her home at this place. They will reside at the residence of Mayor Jackson until their home is completed.

A BRIGHT CHILD. “Papa” Crow confidentially remarked to a friend that little Miss Crow born on the morning of the day of his return from Nashville at noon, recognized and greeted him with a smile when he entered the room to form her acquaintance. A progressive young lady that; and the very smartest, as all first babies are. How is this, for progressive Farmerville?

A New Enterprise. A representative of the Cornie Stave Co., at Junction City, was among the arrivals on the train last night, his purpose here to locate a site for a (?) factory at this place. He returned home this morning but will come again his experience very favorable to a factory here, where the facilities are all that could be desired. This would be a fine opeining on the part of the progressive league and this institution must be revived and put to work.

The many friends and acquaintances of Mr. L. H. Barnes, formerly of the Gazette, will be pleased to learned is late happiness in the birth of a son and heir, this happy event taking place in Ruston on April 30th.

To The Public We issue a signed guarantee and give you a useful present with each bottle of Dr. Quick’s Antiseptic, that it is better than any antiseptic or liniment you have ever used. Price 35 cents. Farmerville Drug. Co.

Mr. F. E. Mayo received a large shipment of bananas by rail this week from Shreveport, which were bruised and mashed on an extent in transit as to render them worthless. The boxing supposed to have been opened and the packing so disarranged as to cause the fruit to damage, and Mr. M., will seek restitution for the goods, for which he had paid in advance. Car thieves seem to be common at transfer points where the cars are left on the yards, the officers of the railroad companies having picked up several of these prowlers at Monroe and Ruston in the past, but it seems impossible to escape their occasional raids, even where the greatest vigilance is displayed.

The negroes confined in the jail receive numerous visits from their families and colored friends, who stand for hours at the hole in the jail fence holding converse with the jail birds perched at the bars. The sympathy of the negro for those of his race in the toils of the law (which is looked upon as a white man’s affliction necessary to the borne) is something remarkable, the character of the crime, even though it be against one of their own race, having no effect upon their friendship.

Mrs. Selig has returned from a visit to the home of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Sidney Selig, at Bernice.

A party composed of Messrs. D. E. Laupheimer and Sam Maroney, accompanied by Mrs. Maroney and Miss Eva Maroney, left to attend a public ball to be given at Felsenthal last night.

F. E. Mayo is thinking of adding a stock of fancy groceries and choice canned goods to his cold drink establishment.

Growing Aches and Pains. Mrs. Josie Suhnner, Bremond, Texas, writes, April 15, 1902: “I have used Ballard’s Snow Liniment in my family for three years. I would not be without it in the house. I have used it on my little girl for growing pains and aches in her knees. It cured her right away. I have also used it for frost bitten feet, with good success. ‘It is the best liniment I ever used.'” 25c, 50c, $1.00. Sold by J. D. Baughman.


Last Thursday night the school building at Bernice was discovered to be on fire and was beyond control before the citizens arrived on the scene, the fire breaking out at an unseasonable hour of the night. The piano and Prof. Roaten’s library all that was saved of the contents. The building was partly insured and some are inclined to think the fire was the work of an incendiary, while others believe it was of an accidental nature, as some sort of school exercises were held in the building at a late hour the previous evening. Bernice has been very unfortunate in the matter of fires for so young a town, but nothing daunted, her people are preparing to replace the old structure with a new school building, and a public meeting has been called for Saturday next to consider ways and means to put up a $10,000 brick edifice. But we fear that this will be on the order of Spanish architecture.

Mr. W. T. Hudson, of Hillsboro, Ark., was a visitor to Farmerville yesterday, and called with a substantial remembrance for the editor.

Several old and dilapidated buildings, condemned by the town council, still remain standing and unrepaired, a public eye-sore and a menace to the surrounding property.

We have arranged for new type and when it arrives will put a new face on the Gazette.

Miss Grace Tooms, who has been teaching school near Marion, came in on Monday evening’s train to make a settlement with the treasurer for her services, which she did at a late hour, and left yesterday for her home at Wilson, La.

NEW TRAIN SERVICE. Beginning with Sunday evening the schedule of the train was changed, arriving from Felsenthal at 6:30 p. m., and remaining here over night, leaving in the morning at 6:30 o’clock, an arrangement which meets public convenience and will increase our mail facilities on the railroad.

We feel excusable in taking an honest pride in the many expressions of appreciation and encouragement received by us for improvement in the columns of the Gazette during the short period of our management. Some of those who had withdrawn as subscribers returning to its support with the remark that they had come to stay, now that the paper gave evidence of a return to the excellence it attained while under the personal supervision of the Trimbles, who place it among the leading country weeklies of the state. Thanks our new friends and patrons for their expressions of approval and confidence, we will say that we are devoting our time and energies and whatever little talent we possess in striving to make the paper all that it should be, and if fail we should, it will be chargeable to the head and not the heart. However, we are free to admit that our present environment is the pleasantest of our extensive newspaper experience, the result of contact of with a generous, hospitable people.

Miss Louise Trimble, of Orange, Texas, is expected to arrive this week on a visit to the home of her brother, Mr. J. G. Trimble.

Some of the boys working at the new residence of Sheriff Taylor, while lighting a cigarette accidentally ignited some creosote in a barrel near by, which came near causing a bad burn on the premises. The blaze spreading to a pile of shingles which had been treated with the creosote mixture and it took fast work to put them out. Will Covinton, whose clothing was saturated with the creosote, had a lively time “putting himseld out.”

Miss Florence Donley left on the train for a visit to Victoria this morning.

Mr. Jake Haas, formerly a citizen and merchant of this town, but now engaged in business at Dallas, Texas, is on a visit to the home of his brother, Mr. Rudolph Haas, of Farmerville, and is shaking hands with old friends on our streets today.

The tie inspector for the Iron Mountain came in last night on his tricycle, and spent the night here. This is a new system adopted by the road, a special inspector sent over the line to mark defective ties, instead of the section foreman, who attended to this heretofore and would frequently take out ties to use for firewood, which had a year or more service in them. The new plan of a regular inspector is said to save the company good money in ties.

Some day there is going to be an uprising of a long suffering public in the pleasant town of Opelousas, headed toward the Courier office, followed by a Piercing yell and a “dull, sickening thud,” and lo! that excellent journal will be short a poet laureate. If any one doubts our predictions let them read the following effusion from his pen:

“General Jim got “bottled up” in a prohibition town one day,
From which he was not only willing, but anxious to get away;
The skim-milk diet is good enough for fledglings new in the biz,
But he must have old forty-rod double-distilled dynamite in his.”

Mr. Burk, our very accommodating depot agent, left last Monday to meet his wife, enroute from Winnsboro, Franklin Parish to this place returned Monday evening on the train accompanied by Mrs. Burk, who will make her home in our midst, and we trust her stay will be attended by pleasing experiences.

Postmistress Gilbert had arranged to move the post office from its present location to the rear of the bank in the new brick building on yesterday, but receiving notice that the new cabinet of mail boxes and other paraphernalia ordered for the office had been shipped consequently deferred the removal until their arrival.


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